Middle East

Oman awarded ‘Emerging International Destination’ at the 13th Annual Today’s Traveller Awards

Oman recently won the prestigious title of ‘Emerging International Destination’ at the 13th Annual Today’s Traveller Awards that took place on 29th July 2019 at Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi. On the occasion of its 22nd anniversary, Today’s Traveller hosted an awards night where dignitaries and celebrities came together in a common spirit of fellowship and camaraderie. The publication put together a grand show celebrating the spirit of achievement in various realms.

“We are absolutely delighted to be recognized as an emerging international destination as Indian travellers are constantly looking at newer and unique locations to visit. Oman being an exotic, adventurous, historic and geologically stunning country we are seeing a lot of travellers visiting Oman for the most authentic Arabian experience. Introduction of e-visa & short term visa, direct flight connectivity from various cities in India, newly launched luxury properties and swanky Muscat International Airport have been some of the reasons instrumental in achieving this growth,” said Lubaina Sheerazi, India Representative, Ministry of Tourism, Oman.

In 2018, Oman recorded 12.37 per cent growth in Indian tourist arrivals with 357,147 travellers visiting the country vis-à-vis 317,844 in 2017 ranking India as the second highest source market for Oman. Keeping up with this growth trajectory, Oman has already witnessed a 17 per cent increase in the period of January to April 2019 with 130,011 Indian visitors to Oman in comparison to 111,123 during the same period in 2018.