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Oman unveils master plan for tourism port

MUSCAT, Oman - In response to the directives of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said to convert Sultan Qaboos Port into a tourist port, Dr Ahmed bin Salim Al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communica

Tourism Malaysia launches campaign in Oman

MUSCAT, Oman - Omanis got a taste of Malaysian culture as the Southeast Asian nation launched its "Visit Malaysia Year 2014" campaign in Oman on Sunday night.

Oman making headlines

With a breathtaking step forward, the Sultanate of Oman is the first Arabian country in history adapting to the western (week) holiday and changing its working calendar to international standards star

Oman opens permanent tourim office in Riyadh

MUSCAT, Oman - The Ministry of Tourism in Oman has announced that it has set up a representative office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia that will tap the Kingdom's image as a major outbound market in the GCC

Oman to evaluate tourism sector, prepare comprehensive development strategy

MUSCAT, Oman — Tourism Minister Ahmed bin Nasser al Mehrzi has said that the government has tasked the Ministry of Tourism to evaluate the tourism sector and prepare a clear-cut, comprehensive long

OCCI Ramadhan evening to focus on plans to revive tourism sector

MUSCAT, Oman — Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) will hold its 6th Ramadhan evening today on the government’s plans to revive tourism sector and projects implemented by the respective c

Omani tourism launches “Muscat Geoheritage Auto Guide”

MUSCAT, Oman - The Tourism Ministry on Tuesday launched the ‘Muscat Geoheritage Auto Guide’ project to mark Muscat the Capital of Arab Tourism 2012.

2012 Salalah Tourism Festival to commence on June 21

SALALAH, Oman - The Salalah Tourism Festival 2012 will begin on June 21 with a ceremony reflecting the message to preserve the Sultanate’s cultural heritage, said HE Sheikh Salim Bin Aufait Al Shan

Oman becomes one of most popular tourist destinations in region

MUSCAT, Oman - Oman has come to be known as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Gulf and Middle East thanks to the country’s strategic location and its unspoilt natural beauty with i

Gulf economies to reap $44B from travel and tourism

MUSCAT, Oman — The total direct contribution of travel and tourism to GDP in GCC countries is expected to reach $44 billion this year, up 27 per cent from 2009, the peak of the financial crisis in t

Oman experiences extraordinary tourism surge

JEDDAH — The Arab Tourism Organisation of the Arab League yesterday evening held a celebration on the occasion of granting Shaikh Abdulmalik bin Abdullah al Khalili, Justice Minister, the Internatio

Oman wants bigger share of cruise trade in region

Oman is aiming to take a bigger share of the cruise industry in the region with efforts under way to persuade cruise lines to offer "fly and cruise" packages out of Muscat for the first time.

Tanzania eyes Middle East tourist market

(eTN) - Highlighting the growing number of tourists from the Middle East to East Africa, Tanzania tourist officials are eyeing the upcoming Arab travel markets, also taking advantage of the Middle Eas

Oman aims to attract 12 million visitors before 2020

MUSCAT, Oman — Two tenders worth RO 24 million were awarded this month by the Tender Board for the construction of Khasab Hotel in the Governorate of Musandam and a hotel in Jabal al Akhdar.

“Arab Spring” badlam boosts Omani tourism

A record number of visitors flocked to Oman during the first two months of the holiday season as political tumult in the wider region sent tourists to the usually quiet Gulf Arab sultanate, tourism op

Oman to establish think tank to study tourism sector needs

MUSCAT — Khalil bin Abdullah al Khonji, Chairman of the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has said the OCCI is striving to transfer Omran Tourism Development Company’s pioneering experience i

Oman aims to attract tourists from new markets

MUSCAT, Oman - Overseas agents representing Oman's Ministry of Tourism in key source markets around the world met in Salalah late last week to explore ways to raise the sultanate's profile globally.

Oman’s Port Sultan Qaboos to become cruise hub

MUSCAT, Oman - His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said has given directives to shift the cargo and container operations from Port Sultan Qaboos (PSQ) to Sohar port and convert PSQ as an exclusive tourism

Oman joins global tourism alliance ICTP

The Ministry of Tourism for the Sultanate of Oman joined the ICTP (International Council of Tourism Partners) as their latest alliance member.

Omani tourism industry to grow 2.4 percent

MUSCAT, Oman — The Ministry of Tourism has formed a committee represented by the members of the local tourism industry to participate in enhancing the Sultanate’s tourism strategy and laying down

Ritz-Carlton assumes management of Al Bustan Palace in Muscat

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.

Salalah Tourism Festival to give boost to artistic and cultural movement

MUSCAT, Oman - The Salalah Tourism Festival 2011, to be held from July 1, is to give a boost to the artistic and cultural movement both globally and in the Arab world, Shaikh Salim Bin Ofait Bin Abdul

German Industry & Commerce Office hosts business cruise in Oman

MUSCAT — The German Industry & Commerce Office (AHK) hosted a precedence-setting German Business Cruise on Saturday.

Oman’s tourism focusing on the Gulf and India

MUSCAT, Sultanate of Oman - Against a backdrop of regional events that have dinted travel demand to the Gulf, Oman's Tourism Ministry has refocused its industry marketing strategy.

Muscat cruise passenger arrivals break 230,000

MUSCAT, Oman - Oman's Tourism Ministry and the country's port operators are delighted with record cruise ship passenger arrivals projected to June 2011 with arrivals at Muscat's Port Sultan Qaboos jum

Cruise tourism growing in Oman

MUSCAT, Oman - With the Caribbean International's cruise ship 'Brilliance of the Seas', one of the world's most elegant luxury liner, docking at Muscat port, cruise tourism in Oman got its much-needed

Oman wants Indian tourists

BANGALORE - The oil-rich Sultanate of Oman has for the first time turned its focus on tapping Indian tourists, recognising the huge potential.

Oman tourism report Q4 2010

Oman's tourism industry has continued its rapid growth, assisted by the government's long-term economic plan to diversify income sources, in the light of expected declining oil and reserves over the n

Travel news: Iran frees American hiker

Accused American spy Sarah Shourd has been released on bail and arrived in Oman from Iran today.

Oman will invest $20B in tourism projects

Salalah, Oman - As temperatures soar across the Persian Gulf, one oasis is blossoming with greenery.