By MARCELLUS BAPTISTA
Travel agents, wedding planners, film production houses and the media got a glimpse of ‘the best kept secret in Arabia’ as they attended the Oman Tourism cocktail-dinner networking evening at Four Seasons Hotel.
Salim Aday Al Mamari, Director General of Tourism Promotion, Ministry of Tourism – Sultanate of Oman was there to give a welcome speech, followed by a destination presentation. This was part of a multi-city roadshow conducted by the Ministry of Tourism, Oman that commenced in Chennai and moved to Bangalore and Delhi before the grand finale in Mumbai.
Officials from the Ministry of Tourism – Oman along with representative partners from the tourism industry of Oman, including Al Bustan Palace – A Ritz Carlton Hotel, Al Nahda Resort & Spa, Atana Hotels, Millennium Resort, Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Six Senses Zighy Bay, Bahwan Tours, Tour Oman, Zahara Tours and Oman Air were present at the roadshow.
Lubaina Sheerazi, India Representative, Ministry of Tourism – Sultanate of Oman, felt the roadshows offered them a platform to showcase the uniqueness of Oman as a holiday destination from India. Being a short-haul destination, it has a diverse landscape and a lot of activities to offer to the ‘evolved’ Indian traveler. From luxurious resorts and campsites to exotic scuba-diving spots to dramatic mountain drives, Oman has something to offer to anyone who has a quest for adventure and thirst for a distinctive cultural experience.
Oman witnessed over36 percent growth in Indian arrivals over the last five years and received 256,210 Indians in 2014, according to the Ministry of Tourism. Over the last year, Oman Tourism has been actively promoting the destination not only for leisure purposes, but also for film shoots and as a wedding destination for Indians. In fact, Oman witnessed three big fat Indian weddings in the last six months and has become a ‘new favourite’ in the destination wedding space.