MIDDLE EAST TAKES CENTRE STAGE AS MEA DRIVES TOURISM MARKET

While Middle East and Africa led growth in international tourist arrivals in 2018, the importance of the Arabian Travel Market – the region’s biggest show – run by Reed Exhibitions in Dubai – is also growing rapidly year-by- year.

At the same time, Oman is reaching out to the world of travel and tourism by announcing the nation’s of cial partnership with ITB Berlin 2020.

During 2019 alone, 20 new hotels are expected to open in Oman’s capital Muscat, including three new five-star hotels and three four-star hotels. Complementing its hotel pipeline, Muscat has made significant investment in its airports. The new terminal at Muscat International Airport, which opened in March 2018 is expected to increase annual passenger traf c by at least 10% year-on-year – driven by growth from domestic carriers Oman Air and Salam Air as they continue to add new and direct routes.

Photo: Qurum Beach, Oman