Oman has started a recovery plan for the tourism sector in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, said H E Salim Mohammed al Mahrouqi, Minister of Heritage and Tourism, on Tuesday.
The plan includes the implementation of safety procedures, health protocols and directives issued by the departments concerned to overcome the crisis and bring the tourism sector back to its previous levels as soon as possible.
The minister made the statement during his meeting with tourism developers and the business community in the Governorate of Dhofar. He affirmed the ministry’s resolve to press ahead with nationalising jobs in the tourism sector, an objective that falls within the shared national responsibility.
He added that the ministry has a plan to develop tourism destinations in Dhofar and that it is bracing to launch an investment management programme to the tune of RO6bn.
The minister unveiled a ‘Comprehensive Tourism Development Plan’ to be undertaken by the ministry. A number of workshops will be organised shortly to unleash the details of the plan, said the minister, noting that the workshops cover seven main aspects, including the challenges, enablers and proposed solutions to handle issues relevant to all tourism-related sectors.
The minister also spoke about winter tourism in Dhofar. He said plans have been approved and agreements will be concluded shortly with travel and tourism operators to ensure opening of direct and regular airline routes between Dhofar and other parts of the world.