Inbound tourism from the UK and Ireland grew by 4.4% and 3.6% respectively in 2014 to a total of over 147,000, as tourists have been enchanted by Oman’s diverse landscapes offering something for all types of holiday makers. Visitors travelled to experience a country that evokes the true spirit of Arabia, where centuries’ old traditions meets five star contemporary luxury. With a wealth of natural attractions, fascinating culture and warm, welcoming people it is unsurprising that Wanderlust readers ranked Oman 6th out of 15 in the ‘Top Country’ category in the annual 2015 Travel Awards.
Alison Cryer, Director UK and Ireland Oman Ministry of Tourism MBR Office, says: “We are delighted to announce that in 2014, the number of visitors from the UK to Oman rose by 4.4% and the number of visitors from Ireland to Oman increased by 3.6% compared to 2013. Of the total figure of 147,085 visitors from the UK and Ireland, 139,362 originated from the UK and 7,723 from Ireland and on behalf of the ministry of tourism I would like to the travel industry for all their efforts and commitment towards achieving these results.” 72% of visas issued for UK tourists were tourist visit visas further cementing Oman’s profile as a leisure destination.
The Ministry of Tourism Office is proud to have started 2015 with 17 awards as a top destination including ‘Top Ten Countries in 2015’ in Wanderlust Travel Awards 2015, the New York Times’ ’52 Places To Go in 2015’ and ‘Top Ten Cities in 2015’ by Rough Guides.
For more information on tourism in Oman visit www.omantourism.gov.om