Arab Tourism Day today; focus on sustainable development

Muscat - 

Oman will participate in the celebrations of Arab Tourism Day with other Arab countries on Monday. This year the theme of the celebration is ‘Tourism and Sustainable Development’.

This is to promote sustainable development of tourism, promotion of inter-Arab tourism and the Arab world’s tourism sector in general.

The Arab Tourism Day marks the birth anniversary of famous Arab traveller Ibn Batuta.

In a statement on this occasion, H E Ahmed bin Nasser bin Hamad al Mehrzi, Minister of Tourism, said, “The sultanate’s celebration of Arab Tourism Day is aimed at enhancement of the efforts to achieve sustainable tourism development, encourage the movement of inter-Arab tourism, getting benefits from the natural and cultural components and develop them as well as preserve them ensuring their sustainability.

“This year focus is also on the common human, cultural and civilisational values in Arab society, which are a major factor for increasing Arab tourism exchange.”

The sultanate is considered one of the important tourist destinations which attract Gulf and Arab tourists throughout the year.

The number of tourists who came to the sultanate from the GCC countries in the year 2018 was 1,472,231, while the number of tourists who came from other Arab countries was 182,377, according to the National Centre for Statistics and Information.

The Dhofar governorate is one of the main tourist destinations.

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