Oman set to lead Middle East tourism sector in 2014

The Sultanate of Oman is expected to lead the Middle East in terms of growth in the travel and tourism industry and post one of the strongest growth rates worldwide in the sector in 2014.

This is according to a report released last month by the World Travel & Tourism Council. The Travel and Tourism Economic Impact 2014 assessed that the travel and tourism industry had directly contributed OMR 982.8m to Oman's economy in 2013, which is 3% of the country's total Gross Domestic Product (GDP). 

This forecast is to rise by 10.2% to OMR 1,082.7m in 2014. The surge in travel and tourism activities is expected to grow by 5.4 % per annum to Oman's GDP, to reach OMR 1,834.2m by 2024, which is 3.9% of GDP.

Ghasi Humaid Al Hashmi, deputy director general of Tourism Promotion, Oman Ministry of Tourism, said: "We are delighted with the report as it reflects Oman's booming travel and tourism sector. The construction of world-class hotels and resorts, along with the development of a number of infrastructure projects in the aviation, road, rail and maritime sectors, including a USD 1.8bn passenger terminal at the Muscat International Airport and transformation of the Port Sultan Qaboos in Muscat into a tourism and cruise ship precinct, are part of the government's strategy to target more global targeted tourists."

Visit C&IT's Oman Destination Guide here. 

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