Muscat: 10,000 jobs for Omanis should be created in the tourism sector by 2020 by developing projects and attracting private investments, Tanfeedh says.
“By attracting private investments of at least OMR1.8b and by increasing international tourist arrivals from 1.9m to 2.7m, 10,000 jobs for Omanis can be created,” Tanfeedh says.
According to Tanfeedh, private management companies should be hired to take control at heritage sites and protected areas, to develop a year round calendar of events, create iconic tourism projects and facilitate delivery of ITCs, hotels and themed attractions.
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Tanfeedh also proposes that cluster plans for Musandam, Nizwa, Muscat and Sur should be brought online as quickly as possible and that a client service center for tourism approvals should be set up and establish via a new body, the Oman Tourism and Convention Bureau.
The lab also urges the introduction of labour solution packages, extending lease options, introducing easier visa processes for new target markets, establishing a centralized infrastructure board and activating a tourism development fund.
Tanfeedh has unveiled 121 proposals to the public this morning are the results of a series of “labs” where public and private sector bosses cut through the red tape of Oman to create a road map for the Sultanate’s future.
These initiatives are the result of six weeks of discussions attended by more than 250 officials from 160 government and private institutions at Tanfeedh.
The Tanfeedh process is Oman’s solution to issues surrounding a non-oil future for the Sultanate, bringing together private and public sector agencies to streamline doing business in the country and to iron out problems.
From 9am until 9pm over the next three days, thousands of residents are expected to pour through the doors of Oman’s new convention centre to give their feedback.
Talal Sulaiman Al Rahbi, deputy secretary-general of the Supreme Council for Planning, said that both Omanis and non-Omanis can participate in the survey, which will contribute to shaping the economic future of Oman.
“People can participate in the survey at an exhibition. They can take part in the survey online. Both Omanis and non-Omanis can participate in the survey, which will contribute to shaping the economic future of Oman,” the official said.