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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI

MoHT embarks on adventure tourism development plan

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The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism (MoHT) is embarking on several initiatives to develop adventure tourism products in the country.


According to Adventure Travel Trade Association and the UN World Tourism Organisation, the global adventure tourism market was valued at $282.1 billion in 2021 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 15.2 per cent from 2022 to 2030.


Daoud bin Sulaiman al Rashidi, Director of the Department of Product Development and Tourism Experiences, said, "MoHT's interest in developing the adventure tourism product is in line with the trends globally and in the Sultanate of Oman in particular."


In partnership with various adventure tourism operators, MoHT has been working on various action plans.


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It seeks to meet the safety requirements by preparing a legal and regulatory framework and making the Sultanate of Oman the best destination in the world for adventurous activities.


The action is based on the New Zealand model, which is considered one of the best when it comes to security and safety standards in adventure tourism activities.


The Adventure Tourism Development Program will focus on the legislative and regulatory framework of documents and documents for adventure activities, auditing for security and safety, training programmes on adventure activities, including rescue and ambulance, awareness of security and safety requirements, and encouraging projects related to adventure tourism activities.


The ministerial decision 124/2021 had called for tour operators to include adventure tourism in their plans.


The Ministry of Defence and MoHT signed an agreement for joint cooperation between the two parties to benefit from the experiences owned by the Adventure Training Center of the Royal Army of Oman.


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