To attract more tourists to the Port of Khasab, the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Musandam launched its second initiative, Musandam Chamber tourist station.
Speaking to Muscat Daily, Raed bin Mohammed al Shehhi, member of the Board of Directors of the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) and head of its Musandam branch, said, “Khasab port is one of the most important stations for cruise ships. The Port of Khasab received 134,404 tourists during the winter season 2018-19 with 63 cruise ships. We expect more than 70 cruise ships to visit the Khasab port in the winter tourist season 2019-20.”
Shehhi said, “The first cruise ship will visit the port on October 26, 2019 and the last ship this season will arrive on April 16, 2020. Last year’s initiative was a successful one and we cooperated with several authorities such as Khasab Port Administration, ROP, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Manpower, Khasab Municipality and others to organise the work of the port.”
He added, “Cooperation with these bodies helped handle various aspects such as illegal trade and unlicensed labour in the tourism sector.
“The initiative ensures all tourism companies affiliated to the branch of Musandam Chamber offer uniform prices. These measures have contributed to enhancing the capacity of all these companies to increase their revenues, which help them to achieve financial sustainability and improve the quality of services.
“The initiative also offers ten free kiosks to Omani vendors who can sell their home products, crafts and souvenirs.”
On the future strategies, Shehhi said that Marafi is making great efforts to market Khasab port across the world.
“For the first time in the history of Khasab port, in the summer season ships are coming from the Indian subcontinent this year. Infrastructure work is currently under way on the preparation of the general plan for the development of the port. A special pier will be added for the reception of trans-continental cruise ships.
“It has also been demanded to add floating docks with a separate entrance beside the new tourist pier to be allocated to the tour groups that make tourist trips.”