Oman is steadily preparing to extend cruise operations to smaller ports in the sultanate thereby spreading the economic benefits deep into the interiors after witnessing the growth in the cruise tourism industry.
To attract more cruise liners and increase business for the local tourism industry, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) plans to extend cruise tourism to other ports, in Sohar, Sur, Duqm and Suwaiq. With the push, the ministry aims to take the tourists deep into Oman, showcasing the authentic Arabian culture as well as spreading economic benefits to the people in the interiors.
Muscat, Khasab and Salalah are the three points where all the cruise tourism takes place currently. The number of visitors, by the end of 2017, has a growth rate of 2.2% compared to the previous year.
According to MoT, around 110,800 cruise tourists have visited in 2018. The ministry said it plays a major role in the development of cruise tourism sector as well as to promote the Sultanate as a destination for cruise ships.
Salem al Ma’amari, director general of Tourism Promotion, MoT, said that the tourism sector in Oman has witnessed a remarkable development in recent years and is considered one of the fastest growing sectors.
Source Credit: Muscat Daily