Published on: March 25, 2023 @ 19:41
Reporter: Aniriuddha Pal
SPT News, Kolkata, March 25: Oman, a small country in the Arabian Peninsula, held a program on their tourism in Kolkata yesterday. There they highlight the traditions and culture of their country. Ministry of Heritage and Tourism organizes such an event to bring Kolkata, the biggest market in the world of tourism at the moment. Several organizations of Indian travel agents were present here.
Desperate to capture the Indian market
The event was organized by the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, Oman at the Park Hotel in Kolkata. After the corona pandemic, Oman is trying to stand up again in the world of tourism. According to a 2013 statistic, India was the top country of foreign passport holders visiting Oman. Naturally the rate of arrival of Indians in this country is very high. So the country is looking towards the Indian market. As such they organized a program in Kolkata. Their goal is only one – how to attract more Indians to their country. For that purpose they invited Indian travel agents to the event. Travel agents from several organizations including Travel Agents Federation of India, Travel Agents Association of India were present there.
Assistant Director of Business Development – Yousuf Khalal Al Muzaizi, Department of Tourism, Government of Oman, Head Section of Arab and Asia Market – Mubarak Salim Al Harrasi, Country Manager Arjun Chadha, TAFI’s Chairman (Eastern India) Mr. Anil Punjabi, TAAI’s were present on the occasion. Chairman (East India) Mr. Manav Soni and many others.
What Mr. Anil Punjabi of TAFI said
TAFI’s Mr. Anil Punjabi told SPT – Oman hosted an amazing event in Kolkata. It was held yesterday at Park Hotel, Park Street, Kolkata. Oman tourism and travel issues were discussed there. Oman is doing very well in tourism after the covid pandemic. Many people are traveling from here again. We want more and more such organizations to come to Kolkata. It will increase tourism.
Know the country of Oman
Oman is a country in the Arabian Peninsula. Tourism in Oman grew significantly in the 2000s, and a 2013 report predicted it would become one of the country’s largest industries. In 2019, Oman attracted nearly 4.1 million visitors from around the world, a huge increase from 3.1 million in 2017, according to the 2019 Tourism Statistics Bulletin of the National Center for Statistics and Information (NCSI), Oman.
Oman has various tourist attractions, especially in terms of cultural tourism. In 2012, Muscat was named the best city in the world by Lonely Planet, an American travel guide publisher, and was selected as the 2012 Arab Tourism Capital.
Visa to travel to Oman
Tourists to Oman must obtain a visa prior to travel unless they are coming from one of the visa-exempt countries. Citizens of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member countries can travel to Oman without visa restrictions. Citizens of 69 other countries can apply online for visas that are valid for 30 days. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.
Excluding GCC countries, the countries with the highest number of passport holders visiting Oman in 2013 were India (2,44,786), UK (1,33,529), Pakistan (67,893), Germany (55,126), France (40,253), Egypt (28,541), Italy (26,063), Philippines (24,897), Bangladesh (20,191).
The Sultanate of Oman is one of the leading countries in its national heritage and one of the best sustainable tourism destinations that tourists visit to experience unique and diverse experiences.
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