Muscat: Oman has conducted roadshows in Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai on 27th, 29th and 31st May 2019, to strengthen its outreach among the travel trade fraternity in India.
“Tourism is on the rise and inbound arrivals from India has significantly increased in the last few years. India represents a substantial and vast market for Oman, given the high percentage of travellers willing to travel abroad and experience new destinations,” Lubaina Sheerazi, India Representative, Ministry of Tourism, Oman said.
“We have been observing a steady year-on-year increase in tourist arrivals to Oman from India and are extremely pleased with the consistent growth. While Mumbai is one of our primary source markets, Bangalore and Pune have shown immense potential as we see a rise in the number of outbound travellers from these cities. They are constantly on the lookout for unique destinations and Oman fits the bill perfectly,” she added.
In 2018, Oman recorded 12.37% growth in Indian tourist arrivals with 357,147 travellers visiting the country vis-a-vis 317,844 in 2017 ranking India as the second highest source market for Oman.
Keeping up with this growth trajectory, Oman has already witnessed a 17% increase in the period of January to April 2019 with 130,011 Indian visitors to Oman in comparison to 111,123 during the same period in 2018.
Lubaina said that several initiatives have contributed to this growth, such as the introduction of short-term visa and electronic visa, direct flight connectivity from various cities in India, newly launched 5 Star properties, opening of the new passenger terminal at Muscat International Airport and more.
In alignment with the 2040 strategy, the Ministry has taken steps to develop and promote a broader variety of distinctive experiences, with the goal of encouraging extended visits and greater engagement with the country’s culture and natural sites.
“The first quarter of 2019 has seen some prominent developments with the inaugural of luxury boutique hotel W Muscat, launch of Middle East’s largest aquarium in the Mall of Muscat and opening of the House of Musical Arts in the Royal Opera House Muscat,” Sheerazi added.
With authentic Arabian experiences coupled with genuine hospitality, scenic beauty, rich culture, historic monuments and a beautiful coastline, Oman is seeing a surge in MICE travel.
Being under 3 hours away from India and having excellent air connectivity also makes Oman a preferable wedding destination for Indians.