Muscat – H.E. Salem bin Mohammed Al Mahrouqi, Minister of Heritage and Tourism, confirmed that the tourism sector in the Sultanate of Oman is witnessing steady growth in all fields, and expressed his hope that the tourism sector’s contribution to the gross domestic product will reach 2.75 percent during the next two years – compared to 2.4 percent by the end of 2022.
In a statement to the Oman News Agency he explained that the contribution of the Omani tourism sector to the gross domestic product amounted to OMR 1,070,000,000 in 2022 out of total revenues amounting to OMR 1,900,000,000 in the same year. The number of tourists is also constantly rising, both domestic as well as international tourism.
His Excellency added that there is an intensive plan to promote all tourism components and the financial tools and resources that will be employed in this aspect in the coming year have been approved. It will be done through qualitative international events that will represent milestones in the promotional plan, most notably the announcement of the Sultanate of Oman as the official partner of the largest international exhibitions in the industry – the ITB Berlin 2024.
He further pointed out that the targeted investment volume under the tourism development plan 2021-2025 is OMR 3 billion, and that there are some challenges facing some investors with regard to financing aspects or some challenges related to existing coalitions. He stressed that the Ministry is closely monitoring the possibilities and appropriate solutions to these challenges through a program that is being worked on during this period.
His Excellency said there are tourism projects that will be opened during the coming months in a number of governorates of the Sultanate of Oman, and that there is a huge and diversified investment program that includes all governorates; this program is currently being managed and entering into the negotiation phase with a number of investors at the internal and external levels.
Regarding the implementation of tourism development plans in the governorates, he confirmed that the Ministry is focusing on integrated tourism plans, aiming to develop some promising tourist destinations in order to develop them in harmony with various sectors and national programs.
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