Sultanate’s tourism promotional workshops kick off in Russian cities

September 10, 2019

The Omani tourism promotional workshops kicked off on Monday in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Russia. 

The two-day workshops come within the efforts excreted by the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) for promoting breathtaking destinations and the world-class tourism and hospitality facilities, services and products of the sultanate.

Led by H E Ahmed bin Nasser al Mehrzi, Minister of Tourism, the workshops are attended by representatives of more than 200 Russian travel companies and tour operators, local and national media, and more than 23 Omani hotels and tourism companies, tour operators and establishments.

H E Mehrzi held a number of meetings with Russian tourism investors and entrepreneurs, during which the developments in tourism sector, facilitation and advantages of the Omani tourism have been discussed.

As per a statement, the meetings touched on the capabilities and benefits the sultanate has for Russian tourists, visitors and travel companies.

H E Mehrzi highlighted the sultanate’s efforts in developing tourism sector that resulted in a total number of international arrivals of 1,700,000 from January 1 to June 30 this year, and 451 hotel facilities offering 24,355 hotel rooms in the same period.

Briefed on the joint session held between the Omani travel companies and tour operators and their Russian counterparts, H E Mehrzi asserted the importance of taking part in international events and functions related to tourism to know more about the needs and requirements of tourism markets abroad.

Salim bin Adi al Mamari, director General of Tourism Promotion at MoT, pointed out that launching the promotional workshops in Moscow and Saint Petersburg complemented earlier efforts by the ministry which included the opening of an Omani tourism representative office in Russia.

‘The sultanate is a promising destination for the Russian tourism sector. According to data, the Russian arrivals amounted to 10,877 in 2018 which represented an increase of 162 per cent compared to 4,156 in 2017. In the first six months in 2019, the arrivals amounted to 9,651,” said Mamari.