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Mar 11, 2013

Oman climbs 4 places in global tourism rankings

Oman has been ranked 57th globally in World Economic Forum's (WEF) travel and tourism competitiveness report, climbing four notches from 2011 when Oman was ranked 61st. The sultanate was ranked 68th in 2009.

The WEF report said that Oman has steadily climbed the global tourism rankings in the past few years, helped by increasing volumes of international tourist arrivals and tourism receipts.

According to WEF estimates, Oman's travel and tourism industry grew to be worth an estimated US$2.11bn in 2012. The report has projected a 5.2 per cent average growth of the industry over a period from 2013-22.

The industry currently employs around 36,700 people and employment in the sector is expected to rise by 3.4 per cent annually over 2013-22. The industry's contribution to Oman's GDP stood at 6.6 per cent in 2012, the report said.

This year’s report, published under the theme 'Reducing Barriers to Economic Growth and Job Creation,' explores and highlights the relevance of the travel and tourism industry in generating new jobs and fostering economic development, assessing 140 economies worldwide.

In the MENA region, Oman was placed fifth, while UAE and Qatar were ranked first and second. Bahrain was ranked fourth while Saudi Arabia and Kuwait ranked seventh and 12th, respectively, in the region.

“The travel and tourism industry has weathered the global downturn and is now playing an important role in helping tackle challenges like youth unemployment, economic development and environmental sustainability,” said Thea Chiesa, head of aviation, travel and tourism industries at WEF.
“The challenge for the industry today is to maintain this contribution to economic growth and employment, while continuing to pursue the goals of facilitating global travel and tourism, thus protecting host cultures, identities and environment,” Chiesa added - Muscat Daily.