New techniques for tourism cooperation discussed

TUNIS: The Sultanate, represented by Ministry of Tourism, concluded its participation in the Arab Tourism Investment Forum and the Executive Board meeting of the Arab Tourism Organisation held in Tunisia. The event witnessed the presence of ministerial delegations from Arab countries and a number of Arab businessmen and investors.
The Sultanate’s delegation was headed by Ahmed bin Nasser Al Mehrzi, Minister of Tourism, and the head of the Arab Tourism Ministerial Board in its current edition.
The Arab Tourism Investment Forum was organised by the Tunisian Ministry of Tourism and traditional industries, under the auspices of Shahed Yousuf, Prime Minister of Tunisia, as well as ministers, tourism company representatives, chambers of commerce, Arab tourism authorities, investors and businessmen.
The forum discussed using new scientific methods to create accurate tourism plans and strategies, strengthening tourism partnerships between the public and private sectors, and developing new techniques for tourism cooperation, in order to achieve tourism objectives, and support the economy of Arab countries. The forum also emphasised on enhancing the performance of tourism services and products, attracting international tourism markets, developing the management of hotels and resorts, and brought to light the important role played by SMEs in generating employment.
On the sidelines of the forum, meetings were held between the Sultanate’s delegation and the other ministerial delegations and Arab businessmen and investors, in order to promote Oman as an ideal tourism destination.
During the visit, the minister and the Omani delegation met Salma al Lumi Al Raqeeq, Minister of Tunisian Tourism, and discussed ways to develop tourism industry in both countries.
The minister also invited Salma to attend the 2nd tourism and culture conference being hosted by the Sultanate in December.
The Minister of Tourism and the Chairman of Salalah Port and Free Zone met Mabrook Karsheed, Minister of State Property and Real Estate Affairs in Tunisia.
During the meeting, the two parties exchanged ways to promote tourism products of both the countries, as well as the factors that could lead to the collaboration between the two countries in the tourism field.