Oman’s Ministry of Tourism ready for Riyadh Travel Fair 2019

Oman’s Ministry of Tourism

Oman’s Ministry of Tourism is heading to this year’s edition of the Riyadh Travel Fair, which is taking place from March 28-30 at the Al Faisaliah Tower Hotel.

This year, the Ministry has partnered with a handful of regional and international travel and tourism stakeholders to promote Oman’s impressive tourism portfolio and pipeline projects.

Director of promotion and marketing, Oman’s Ministry of Tourism, Saleh bin Ali Al Khayafi, commented: “Our participation at the Riyadh Travel Fair 2019 is to enhance the Sultanate’s position on the regional and global tourism map by highlighting the different areas that reflect the local culture and heritage of the Sultanate of Oman. During this year’s edition, we look forward to a more prominent review of the tourist, natural, heritage, cultural and historical landmarks of the Sultanate, which make it a favourite touristic destination.”

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Al Khayafi explained that the ministry is constantly working to highlight the Sultanate’s status as an ideal destination for leisure activities to attract the Saudi tourist market, which is of fundamental importance to Oman. Last year, Oman welcomed in excess of 1,400,000 visitors from the Arabian Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia.

“We are keen to launch exceptional tourism programmes, projects and initiatives to meet the needs of the GCC tourists and provide a unique travel and hospitality experience,” Al Khayafi declared. “We are confident that our participation this year will provide us with a wide range of opportunities to promote the distinctive features of tourism developments, which aim to provide comfort for the growing number of tourists coming to the Sultanate.The exhibition is a strategic platform for attracting more tourists from Saudi Arabia and the GCC countries in general.”

Omani exhibitors attending this year’s Riyadh Travel Fair include Oman Air, Salam Air, Dhofar Municipality and Oman’s Ministry of Tourism.

This year, 31 hotels and resorts are expected to open in Oman, contributing an additional 3,264 rooms to the country’s key count. In 2018, the number of hotels increased by 12.3 per cent, resulting in a growth rate of 7.8 per cent in the number of rooms and 28 per cent increase in the number of visitors to Salalah.