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14 integrated projects to give Oman's tourism quantum leap
April 24, 2019 | 8:08 PM
by Times News Service
A meeting was held under the auspices of Ahmad bin Nasser Al Mahrazi, Minister of Tourism, to discuss plans for South Al Sharqiyah and Al Dakhiliyah governorates.
 
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Muscat: Oman’s Ministry of Tourism has proposed 14 tourist clusters that require integrated tourism services in South Al Sharqiyah and Al Dakhiliyah.

The different governorates will work on separate plans so that tourists could have a comprehensive tourism experience.

Sheikh Hilal Al Hinai, Advisor to the ministry and acting Director of the Directorate General of Planning, said: “The Omani Tourism Strategy has proposed 14 tourist clusters in the Sultanate, for which the ministry is developing tourism.”

The concept allows for tourism projects to cater to different needs such as stay, recreation, and sight-seeing at one place.



The statement added that the ministry is also “readying integrated investment packages for investors to start [tourism] projects without approvals from other organisations. These projects include recreational activities, which are to be presented to investors in an integrated manner.”

This came during a meeting held under the auspices of Ahmad bin Nasser Al Mahrazi, Minister of Tourism, to discuss tourism development plans for South Al Sharqiyah and Al Dakhiliyah governorates.



Al Hinai added: “The plans would determine entrepreneurship opportunities, as well as give SMEs supplementary activities.” These projects will also determine the number of jobs available in the sector.”

Al Hinai added that the ministry’s plans would help “re-engineer the tourism sector in the Sultanate according to the tourism strategy for 2040.”

According to him, the second stage of the plan aims to have tourism function specific for each governorate.

During the meeting, companies discussed schemes which integrate all services required by the tourists to suit the nature of each governorate, taking advantage of their attractions and proposing facilities and activities which are appropriate there.

Al Hinai added that “these plans would be a quantum leap for the tourism sector of the Sultanate in the future and would emerge as a framework for all private and public tourism projects.”

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