Having opened in the summer, W Muscat has added a fresh new dynamic to the hospitality scene in Oman. Here Breaking Travel News chats with Gerald Chevasson, general manager of the hotel, about what is on offer at the property, recognition by the World Travel Awards and the future of tourism in the Middle East.
With the redevelopment of the aviation infrastructure in the country now complete, Shabib Al’Maamari, group chief of sector development at Oman Aviation Group, tells Breaking Travel News what the feedback from passengers has been like. Speaking at ITB Berlin he also tells us how important the tourism sector is for the Middle Eastern destination.
Four Communications has been appointed by the Oman Ministry of Tourism to handle the UK & Ireland public relations in both the MICE and leisure sectors. Four Communications’ key focus will be to heighten awareness of the destination’s excellent offering to the business meetings, incentive, conference, exhibition and international association congress meeting markets.
One of Oman’s biggest tourism projects takes a significant step forward today as the ground breaking ceremony will take place for the $600 million Saraya Bandar Jissah development. Set to be the first Integrated Tourism Complex launched in seven years, it will offer residential units, five star hotels and recreational facilities, all situated on its stunning luxury location in eastern Muscat in the Al Hajar Mountains.
The opening of the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre will significantly boost the meetings sector’s contribution to the Sultanate’s inbound tourism figures, an industry report has claimed. The meetings sector accounted for eight per cent of inbound tourism to Oman in 2011 and is expected to grow to between 12 and 15 per cent in 2014 according to a study of the Sultanate’s hotel industry conducted by Colliers International in November 2013.
Gamel Sadek, director, Sultanate of Oman Tourist Office, speaks to Breaking Travel News at Arabian Travel Market 2013.
Oman expects to open several new hotels and complexes with more than 2,000 resort and hotel rooms to be added in 2013. Oman’s capital city Muscat will see the majority of growth with over 720 new rooms, with the rest spread evenly across the country.
Oman’s ministry of tourism will give a special presentation of the latest tourism developments in the sultanate as part of its participation at the Gulf Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings exhibition. Senior officials from the ministry will also be attending several pre-arranged meetings with various MICE travel suppliers and other key industry players during the event.
Tourism Under-Secretary Maitha bint Saif al Mahrouqiya has said that the selection of Oman to host a tourism forum organised by Travco Travel company in co-operation with the tourism organisation TUI Swiss and a number of Swiss tourism companies represented by about 160 European agents and offices indicates that the Sultanate has implemented all the standards required for such an event, thanks to active promotion by Oman offices in European in general and in Switzerland in particular.
Ministry of Tourism Sultanate of Oman, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company for the development of three world-class leisure destinations in the Sultanate.