Muscat, The tourist camps confirmed that they have completed their preparations for the winter tourist season which starts on October 1st and lasts until the end of April 2019.
A number of officials at the Ministry of Tourism and Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) in the Governorate of North A’Sharqiyah and tourist camps expressed their optimism that the winter tourist season will be well received by tourists from inside and outside the Sultanate due to the country’s diverse tourism features.
The winter season is a fertile area for camps, which are considered as a tourist product that tempts tourists who prefer camping, enjoying the pure nature and knowing the details of everyday life in the desert.
Rimal Al Sharqiyah, 190 km away from the Governorate of Muscat, is one of the most beautiful camping places in the Sultanate. It is one of the most popular destinations for lovers of tourism and sports activities in an easily accessible area after improvement in infrastructure and proximity to basic services, in addition to varied tourism activities, including horse and camel racing.
The government, through the Ministry of Tourism, seeks to highlight the potentials available in the desert to introduce the spirit of local originality. It encouraged the establishment of tourist camps in accordance with specific regulations and procedures set by the ministry to organize the camps work, especially during the winter tourist season.
Talal bin Khalfan al-Shu’aibi, Director of Tourism Department in the Governorate of North A’Sharqiyah said that the number of hotel establishments in the governorate is 25 hotel establishments, while the number of companies operating in the tourism sector is 42 companies. He said that the governorate is currently witnessing the implementation of a number of projects, as well as some projects which are being implemented, including two hotel apartments, two green hotel projects, four hotels in Ibra, a hotel, three tourist camps and a green hostel project in the Wilayat of Bidiyah.
He pointed out that the winter tourist season in Rimal Al Sharqiyah, is an opportunity for competition between small and medium enterprises by offering their services and products to tourists coming to the area for hiking, visiting commercial markets and enjoying the sand tourist camps. He added that the winter tourist season will enable local communities and the neighboring wilayats to market their local products.
For his part, said Salah bin Salim al-Hajri, OCCI Branch Board member in the Governorate of North A’Sharqiyah, Head of the Tourism Committee in the branch said that the Committee plays a major role as a link between the owners of tourism institutions and government service institutions as it has organized a number of educational seminars, adding that it has organized education and awareness seminars on the importance of the tourism sector and benefit from the tourist seasons in promoting the tourism, heritage and cultural potentials the North A’Sharqiya is famous for.
During the winter tourism season, tourist camps in the Sultanate are attracting a large number of tourists from inside and outside the Sultanate, which is one of the most important tourist destinations that provides a lot of high quality products and services.
Ali bin Salim al-Hajri, owner of the Tourist Desert Safari Camp in Bidiyah, said that the camp management has prepared early for the 2018/2019 winter tourist season through improvements in all the facilities of the camp and the addition of many services and recreational and sports programs to suit the tourist options. He said that all the camp owners in the Sultanate in general and in Bidiyah in particular have prepared for the season.
“The camp allows visitors from all over the world to learn about the experience of Omani hospitality and cultural diversity and offers many services through its activities, rooms and surroundings, as well as easy booking, access to the camp via the company’s website and see prices and booking accommodation ” said Mohammed bin Abdullah al-Khunji, owner of Desert Nights Camp.
Source: Oman News Agency