(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Muscat- Oman is looking to expand its presence in international markets and will soon open its representative offices in China and Saudi Arabia.
The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has opened an international tender inviting companies to bid for setting up of its tourism representative offices in China and Saudi Arabia.
The last date for submission of bids is May 28.
The ministry has started targeting non-traditional source markets for tourists by opening up visas for Russia, China and Iran, whose citizens can now get visa-on-arrival or an eVisa. The ministry has plans of establishing tourist representative offices in Iran and China while a Russian office was opened late last year.
In the GCC, Saudi Arabia remains one of the biggest source markets and the ministry is making sure of attracting large number of tourists from the country. The ministry currently promotes tourism in international markets through its eight representative offices covering 15 countries.
According to the ministry, it seeks to open offices in these markets to increase the flow of tourists to the sultanate and to raise the profile of sultanate as a tourist destination with the cooperation of local partners such as airlines, hotels and travel companies.
The representative offices are also needed to keep the sultanate aware of the requirements of these markets, and how to actively fulfil those.
'One of the most important plans for future expansion is to attract tourists from non-traditional markets, especially from Southeast Asia, Russia, and Iran. These markets are characterised by group travel, and the ministry is working to provide everything that best suits these markets in terms of activities and all other tourism-related infrastructure,' an MoT official had said earlier.