Omani Minister of Heritage and Tourism, Salem Al Mahrouqi, confirmed in an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya that tourism represented 3.5% of gross domestic product before the Corona pandemic and the goal at the moment is to increase this percentage to 5% in 2030 and 10% in 2040.
The Minister of Heritage and Tourism added that The challenges are numerous and the impact of the pandemic has been profound on tourismHe explained that the vaccination rate in the Sultanate is high and “we assure tourists the safety procedures followed”.
He said the Sultanate is “at the beginning of the recovery phase to restore tourism from traditional markets”.
He explained that the next plans aim to increase the contribution of tourism to the domestic product, at increasing rates that depend on the results of the tourism development plan, which takes a number of axes, including the development of the tourism product, and benefiting from the competitiveness elements that put Oman in an adequate position in the elements of tourism promotion.
He pointed out several financing and promotion challenges, with the effects of the pandemic on all supply chains of the tourism sector, and we are in the initial phase of the recovery, and it is expected that the competition will be strong and fierce, but we bet on the tourist who knows the Oman and has already visited the Sultanate and will have greater security in terms of safety and pandemic prevention.
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