MUSCAT — Oman Tourism College was officially inaugurated by Dr Rajiha bint Abdulamir bin Ali, minister of tourism, at a high-profile ceremony yesterday.
The college is in line with the vision of His Majesty the Sultan who reaffirmed the necessity to give the tourism sector priority in the future development programme as it is well qualified to offer career opportunities to Omanis.
Dr Rajiha unveiled the plaque as a symbolic gesture in the presence of Dr Juma bin Ali bin Juma, minister of manpower, and a number of undersecretaries, ambassadors of various countries and representatives of the travel and trade industry.
After the inauguration, the dignitaries were taken on a tour of the college premises in which they witnessed the college course exhibitions.
The dignitaries were shown the language resources, languages, management, tour guiding, housekeeping, service and culinary and front office demonstrations.
The Oman Tourism College (OTC), founded in 2001 by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, is an institution that specialises in tourism and hospitality, education and training.
The OTC is affiliated to the International College of Tourism and Management, University of Applied Sciences, and the Salzburg Tourism Schools of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce.
In her statement, Dr Rajiha pointed out that Oman Tourism College is one of the vital institutions in the tourism sector and will supply the tourism sector in the Sultanate with the different specialties and qualified national manpower needed by the sector for growth in the coming period.
She also said that the ministry is currently preparing a study on the hotel accommodations during the coming period in a bid to strike a balance between market demand and supply and if necessary grant licenses for more projects to meet the demand.
In his welcome speech, Mohammed bin Khamis Al Amri, chairman of OTC said that the opening of the college aims at qualifying and training Omani youth to work in the tourism sector. The OTC chairman also outlined the facilities and courses offered at the college.
According to Bernhard Klefasz, dean of OTC, February 10 marks a historic occasion for the college. “This inauguration marks a consummate moment in my life as a member of Oman Tourism College,” Klefasz said.
“In performing the responsibilities entrusted to us we pledged on an uncompromising commitment as members of OTC to the highest standards of excellence and integrity, best exemplified by our remarkable and beloved patrons,” Klefasz said.
The courses offered at OTC include an International Tourism Management Diploma or a professional certificate course in culinary; front office and housekeeping; restaurant service; or tour guiding creates a dual programme.
The courses include theoretical and practical training in many aspects of tourism and hospitality, foreign languages, modern communicative learning resources, IT training and internship.
There are also short tailor-made courses to suit the clients needs in the tourism and hospitality industry from kitchen and service to travel and tourism. The college is located on a sprawling 38,929 square metres area with campus built up area being 9,159 square metres.