By Staff writer
According to a senior Omani official, the Sultanate is already seeing an increasing number of American tourists
Oman hopes to attract tourists from the US, Nepal, Lithuania and Ukraine as it works to boost its visitor numbers, according to Ministry of Tourism undersecretary Maitha bint Saif Al Mahrouqi.
“Oman will shortly involve itself in the US tourism market as we have noticed an increasing number of tourists coming from the United States,” Al Mahrouqi was quoted as saying by the Times of Oman. “We believe that attracting tourists from the United States would represent an addition to the tourism sector in the Sultanate.”
Al Mahrouqi’s comments came at a forum organised by the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
“We have also been involved in the tourism markets of Russia and Iran, which are known for being mega tourism exporting markets, in addition to the Arab GCC states and European countries, such as Britain, France, Germany and Italy,” Al Mahrouqi said.
Over the course of the coming months, Oman Air plans to expand its services to the US with the launch of its first codeshare flights between Oman and the USA that will bolster travel between Muscat and New York and Miami via Milan.
“This is a noteworthy development for Oman Air and an excellent way to start another strong year for the Sultanate’s airline,” said Oman Air CEO Abdulaziz Al Raisi.
“These flights make it considerably quicker and easier for our guests to reach these popular US destinations and for people in these cities to visit Oman,” he added.