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Oman to focus on sustainable tourism

Oman's tourism industry continues to grow, and the country is focused on developing that industry in a sustainable fashion. The country's Ministry of Tourism has signed the United Nations Agenda 2030 for sustainable tourism development. It has also signed an agreement with numerous businesses to encourage sustainable tourism.

Oman to focus on sustainable tourism

Oman’s Ministry of Tourism is making important efforts to enhance the country’s offerings in the sector while emphasizing on sustainable development.

As a signatory to the United Nations Agenda 2030 for sustainable tourism development, Oman has adopted numerous measures to enhance tourism facilities in a sustainable manner, said the country’s Minister of Tourism, Ahmed Bin Nasser Al Mahrizi.

In an interview with the Gulf News, Al Mahrizi said:

“In addition to a rich historic and cultural heritage, the Sultanate is endowed with several diversified natural resources that are spread across its governorates. In view of this, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT has formulated the Oman Tourism Strategy 2040 to accelerate the pace of tourism and cultural development through the appropriate utilisation of these resources while keeping in mind the principles of sustainable development.

“Our main long-term objective is to achieve economic diversification, together with upgrading the direct and indirect contribution of the sector in Oman’s GDP, provision of direct and indirect employment opportunities for the national labour force, enhancing government revenues, supporting the balance of payments and achieving the highest level of regional development.

“The adoption of the principle of tourism sustainability is the result of ongoing concern and awareness towards responsibilities, not only in the progress and development of the current generation, but also future generations.”

Tourism continues to grow in Oman, encompassing the new extended Muscat International Airport, which will be operational soon. Speaking of the new airport, Al Mahrizi said:

“The airport, which will nearly double passenger capacity to 12 million per annum, is expected to boost the country’s tourism and hospitality sector, while also opening new development opportunities for land parcels around it.”

The MoT has signed agreements with international companies to boost sustainable and leisure tourism projects in the Sultanate. A senior official from MoT informed Gulf News that the Sultanate’s first snow park, part of the Palm Mall Muscat project, would be a new-generation Alpine winter-themed real snow and ice amusement park.

Another upcoming project is the Qurayat Tourism Complex, an agreement for which, worth Omani riyal 385 million, has been signed between the MoT and the Qurayat Development Company. The first phase of the complex, which covers a total area of 1,282,300 sqm, will be launched by 2021.

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