Oman gears up for a flux of Chinese tourists

MUSCAT: The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism organized a workshop to train stakeholders in the Omani tourism industry on how to deal with Chinese visitors and meet their various requirements.

Azzan bin Qassim Al Busaidi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism for Tourism, led the workshop on Wednesday.

China is one of the priority markets, with Chinese outbound flights growing from 57 million in 2010 to 155 million in 2019, with Oman seeing the largest increase in Chinese tourists from 44,580 in 2018 to 107,446 in 2019, an increase of 141%, which is a much stronger growth compared to other long-distance exporting markets.

During the workshop, the ‘China Ready’ program was presented by Marcus Lee, CEO of CBISN, who has organised such workshops in 49 countries across six continents.

At least 80 representatives of travel and tourism, hospitality and airline companies in the Sultanate participated.

The workshop will help workers in various sectors prepare themselves before China tourists resume visiting the Sultanate after the COVID break.

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