Hotels call for easier visa requirements in Oman

Hoteliers in Oman say less restrictive visa requirements would help them capture emerging markets.

Hoteliers in Oman would benefit from less restrictive tourist visa requirements, according to Golden Tulip director of operations Paul Z Diab.

Golden Tulip currently operates four hotels in Oman.

“Any support from the local government in terms of tourism and making the process of entering the country easier would be a big help,” said Diab.

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“We are still seeing some nationalities and age groups finding restrictions on being able to come in as tourists.”

Diab said younger tourists were part of an emerging market that hoteliers were looking to capitalise on.

“There are certain destinations in Oman that attract younger tourists, with attractions like rock climbing, cave exploring and so forth,” he said.

Diab likened these young, adventure-seeking tourists to the lucrative diving market and pointed out that avid divers will travel around the world looking for new experiences.

He cited Oman’s environmental diversity as a key factor in its appeal to tourists, particularly for longer trips.

“If you are a tourist you can spend seven days across the land in Oman and see many things that are not repetitive,” he explained.

“With Oman, the space is available, the country is large and you have so many things you can do — it is not only beaches and shopping.

“Oman has a lot to offer and we hope that the people concerned allow more people to come, because we need that.”

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