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egtmedia59Sultanate of Oman, one of the big and diversified countries in West Asia, organised a week long mega fam trip for 60 Indian travel agents to showcase its attractions to the growing outbound market of the mega South Asian country.

H E Maitha al Mahrouqi, Undersecretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of Oman, said: “The Indian Market represents great potential for Oman. Visitors from your country enjoy our beach resorts, travel to our mountains and deserts and scuba dive along our coastline.”

She was speaking at the 1st Discover Oman Workshop held to address visiting Indian trade representatives at Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz Carlton Hotel in Capital Muscat.

Visiting Indian travel trade representatives with H E Matiha al Mahrouqi

Ms Mahrouqi added that arrivals from India had steadily increased since the opening of Oman Tourism Representative office in 2013. There was a ten percent increase in Indian travelers to Oman in 2013.

Sunila Patil, Founder and Director, Veena World, told EGTMedia: “There is inquisitiveness from our clients for exploring Oman, the new destination in GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council). We’re currently handling a group of 170 visitors (from India) who are in Oman. One of them has flown–in on a private jet.”

Three Indian weddings are scheduled to take place in Oman, bringing a total of 1,500 guests over the three day extravaganzas.

Oman has simplified the visa procedure. An Omani DMC handling the client will acquire a visa for his client who has submitted a copy of the passport, a photo with blue background; return ticket and hotel confirmation to him. Representative of the DMC, with the visa, is allowed to be present at the Muscat Airport immigration counter to see his client through.

H E Matiha al Mahrouqi, Undersecretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of Oman

H E Matiha al Mahrouqi, Undersecretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of Oman

Tour operators from Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune visited Nizwa, Shargiyah sands, Sur, Jabel Shams and Ras Al Jinz, apart from Muscat.

Ms Mahrouqi said that her ministry is willing to accommodate any specific requirements of Indian tourists, including their food needs.

Written by : Anand & Madhura Katti

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