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Oman unveils plan for ambitious zip-line
Oman Ministry of Tourism has announced plans for a zip line to be operated in the Misfat Al Abriyeen village in a bid to enhance tourism.
The operation of the project will be shared between Al Masfah Company as the owner and Oman Refreshments Company as the funder, local media reported without giving further details about the attraction.
The ministry will be the technical advisor and supervisor of the project, reports said.
The announcement comes after the release of The Colliers International data earlier in the year which claims tourism arrivals to Oman will increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13% between 2018 and 2021.
The Colliers International data predicted the rise will be fuelled by visitors from across the GCC, who accounted for 48% of guests in 2017.
In addition, arrivals from India (10%), Germany (6%), the UK (5%) and Philippines (3%) are also expected to contribute heavily to the growth, supported by new visa processes and improved flight connections, the report said.
Historically, the Middle East has been the largest source market for Oman, with arrivals from this group increasing at an annual rate of 20% between 2012 and 2017.
Simon Press, senior exhibition director Arabian Travel Market, said: “The latest data demonstrates the growth in visitors to Oman will continue, supported by strategic investment from the government as it turns to tourism to diversify its income streams.
"Oman is a fantastic destination with responsible, eco, cultural and heritage attractions, as well as being a key travel hub, with significant opportunity to capitalise on transit itineraries for stopover visitors.”
2nd November 2018 - Oman Government hands over operations at key heritage tourism site
14th May 2018 - Tough Mudder to expand in Middle East with Oman events
17th November 2017 - Oman Botanic Garden to become the world’s largest ecological oasis
1st September 2017 - World’s longest zip line to reach speeds of 100 kilometres per hour
16th November 2016 - New adventure tours to explore rugged Ras Al Khaimah mountain range
21st October 2014 - Oman moves forward with new attractions and developments
7th April 2014 - Oman investigates development of theme parks and waterparks
20th February 2012 - Oman Targets 12 Million Visitors By 2020
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