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24 Omani tourism companies present in Sultanate’s pavilion in ATM Dubai

April 28 , 2019

26th ATM Dubai 2019 beings with strong Omani participation
Oman’s Ministry of tourism, 24 companies participating in ATM Dubai
24 Omani tourism companies present in Sultanate’s pavilion in ATM Dubai
Digital communication on the agenda of this year's exhibition
Al Mamari: ATM Dubai had 1.4 million visitors from GCC countries in 2018
The 26th Arabian Travel Market (ATM) began in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE),  April 28, 2019. More than 2,600 participants from world’s tourism industry are showcasing their products and services in the exhibition which is considered largest travel and tourism fair of the Middle East and North Africa region. The ATM Dubai 2019 has strong presence of the Sultanate of Oman with the Ministry of Tourism is participating in various activities and businesses of the exhibition which would continue between April 28 till May 1, 2019 at the Dubai Exhibition and Convention Centre. The delegation of Oman’s Ministry of Tourism is led by Salim bin Oday Al Mamari, director of the tourism promotions in the ministry.
In the ATM Dubai, tourism ministries from around the world, concerned authorities and institutions and companies working in the sector, as well as its major players,  investors, decision makers and experts of world tourism who represent various travel, aviation, shipping, hotel, resorts, conference centres, event managers and organisers of tours, service providers, promoters and senior executive of various travel, tourism and other relevant vital sectors participate.
Talking about Oman's participation in the exhibition, Salem bin Oday Al Mamari, Director General of Tourism Promotions at the Ministry of Tourism, said: "The ministry and a number of institutions of the tourism sector of Oman always show their keen interest in the annual ATM Dubai which they consider as an ideal strategic platform to showcase the services made available in Oman as well as the promotional plans. These are efforts to strengthen the Sultanate's position as one of the leading tourist destinations of the world, as it has diverse natural resources and unique historical and cultural heritage. The ATM Dubai which is also known as ‘Al Multaqa’ provides us opportunities and platforms to increase communication with our partners and promote our tourism products in line with Oman’s Tourism Strategy and promotional plans.
Al Mamari said that the Ministry of Tourism would showcase latest developments, services and tourism facilities made available in the Sultanate in the presence of participating international markets. This is to enhance Sultanate's position as a preferred tourist destination in different seasons and times attracting thousands of tourists annually from the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the world. In addition this, it will focus on the special tourism offers given by the Sultanate in cooperation with many other partners from public and private sectors, to attract more tourists. “We also want to offer exclusive offers and packages tailor-made according to the needs of the tourist. These offers are being shown in various media and promotional campaigns of the ministry in coordination and cooperation with our partners in the tourism sector.
Al Mamari said that the Sultanate had attracted more than 1.4 million tourists from the GCC countries in 2018. Salalah city was chosen as the capital of the Arabian Summer Resorts for this year. In general, a number of hotel projects are coming up in different governorates of Oman. They will be opened this year. There are 31 new hotels which would add more than 3,264 new rooms in the existing accommodation facility in the country. In view of the indicators, data, details of investments, initiatives and promotional campaigns, we are expecting that the number of tourists coming to the Sultanate will increase in coming years and would see continuation of the growth at rate of about 13% between 2018 and 2019.
The official delegation of the ministry would participate in a number of programmes, holed meetings with various concerned authorities and institutions of tourism sector from around the world. Also a number of media interviews would also be organised to ensure coverage of the Sultanate in the specialised regional and international media.
This year, many companies and organizations from the Oman’s tourism sector are taking part in the pavilion of the Sultanate at the ATM Dubai 2019 due to the keen interest taken by the Ministry of Tourism in supporting these institutions so that they can showcase and promote their products and programs at the event and meet with their counterparts from around the world present at the event. Representatives of  24 travel and tourism institutions, companies and establishments of the Sultanate of Oman are present in the pavilion of the country. They include travel and tourism companies, hotels and institutions serving the tourism sector of the Sultanate. They are Oman Air, Grand Hyatt Muscat, Anantara Resort, Khimji's House of Travel, Grand Hormuz Hotel, Chidi Muscat Hotel, Al Shanfari Hotels and Resorts, Atkins Spence Resorts, Millennium Resort -Musannah, Hotel InterContinental, Bahwan Travels, Hotel Outdoor for Adventure Tourism, Six Senses Zighy Bay, Shangri La Barr Al Jissa Resort and Spa, Sama Resort, Dhofar Municipality, Kempinski Hotel – Al Mawj,  Al Bustan - Ritz-Carlton Muscat, Muscat Hills Resort, Al Fawaz Travel and Tourism, Alila Jabal Al Akhdar Resort and SalamAir and Serapis International Exhibitions and Festivals.
This year's ATM Dubai would have a number of events, including rapid communication which would provide opportunity to the exhibitors to meet with customers, and digital communication among influencers of the industry as an opportunity for travel bloggers to meet with those who work in travel and tourism sector. It would also have an activity of employment in the travel industry to provide student to get access to this market. The Academy of Travel Agents offers a series of programs which is a free training opportunity and contact with agents.
Last year, the ATM Dubai had attracted 39,000 experts, 2,661 exhibitors and 940 media persons. In 2018, it had activities such as destinations, technology of travel, shipping, hospitality, car rentals, medical services as well as spa and health care. In these sectors, the exhibitors have showcased their innovative products and services. They have unleashed new opportunities for agents of whom 85% have indicated that they were able to find the right resource in this event.(ENDS)