“Oman received 299,022 Indian tourists last year, recording a 17 per cent growth over 2014,” according to Oman’s National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI). This was also a a growth of 60% in Indian arrivals in Oman over the past five years.
“In 2014, we started promoting Oman as an ideal wedding destination for Indians as Muscat is close to India. Our efforts were rewarded as we witnessed several large-scale weddings in the last two years,” Oman Tourism Ministry’s India Representative Lubaina Sheerazi said in a release.
She added MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions) tourism in Oman has also seen an increase and the country will make efforts at hosting more such events. Oman’s capital city Muscat has seen much growth in the sector and is expected to get even more with the opening of a new Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre in the capital, Sheerazi said.
“To attract more tourists from India, we are looking at promoting various activities. We have observed over the years that Indian travellers don’t travel just for sight-seeing and shopping anymore.
“More young people are now travelling and they prefer active holidays and we have a lot to offer to these travellers – from canyoning to deep sea diving, from sailing to golfing,” Sheerazi added.
Musafir Namah Bureau