Australian wholesalers ready to meet increasing demand for Oman travel



Australian wholesalers ready to meet
increasing demand for Oman travel

Australian travel wholesalers are rising up to the ever growing demands for travel to the Sultanate by offering a whole host of exciting tourism and lifestyle options that capture the true culture and spirit of this Arabian heartland.

Al Alam Palace
 

Following its own research which has shown a growing consumer interest in the region, Viva! Holidays has recently added air carriers Emirates and Etihad plus also expanded its product range and now offers a total of 10 hotels and resorts, plus seven sightseeing tours and transfers in Oman.

Tours include highlights such as ‘Mystic Muscat’, ‘Inspiring Interiors’ featuring Nizwa and Bahla, and desert safaris to Wahiba Sands and Wani Bani Khalid.

“A new dedicated flyer for the Arabian Peninsula featuring new product in Oman is set to be produced by Viva! Holidays shortly”, says Nick Ferguson, Marketing Development Manager – International.

In Perth, New Horizon Holidays has added Oman to its Middle Eastern range, positioning itself as the WA specialist on Oman and the wider Gulf region.

A broad selection of hotels in the beautiful capital Muscat is included, as well as a full range of prepackaged touring options.

NHH Managing Director Gary Hilt says, “NHH is currently working on some new niche options, including car hire in Oman. This will see NHH become the first Australian wholesaler to offer this option”.

With the market for self-drive holidays set to explode, NHH is also offering a range of regional hotels which visitors are able to select for single overnight stays whilst traveling on their own selfdrive packages.

Visit one of Oman’s many oasis’
 
 

“NHH is able to offer all this and more”, says Mr Hilt.

“Oman and Abu Dhabi are extensions to our current Dubai program which commenced in late 2008.

“We aim to be the specialists for the region in Perth and accordingly, carry a full range of product for all destinations, but in particular The Sultanate of Oman”, he said.

“Many unique options including touring and selfdrive style tours will be launched shortly and NHH’s brochure for the region is being released now”, added Mr Hilt.

Product is available immediately for preferred NHH agents on www.nhh.com.au or consumer website www.newhorizons.com.au.

“We are now heading into the popular Nov-Apr period for travel to the region and it looks like it is going to be a busy period for Oman,” said Mr Hilt.

Cruising is being taken to new heights with new offerings from the likes of MSC, Royal Caribbean International and Costa Cruises, the latter of which is operating a ‘Jewels of the Emirates’ cruise.

Frankincense Trees
 

Departing from Dubai for seven night sailings, once a week from 12 December 2009 to 03 April 2010, Costa Cruises’ new ship the Costa Luminosa takes in five ports of call including the cultural and historical delights of Muscat.

Meanwhile, Sydney’s Pinpoint Travel Group has also included the Sultanate as part of its product range for 2010, in the firm belief that it is “the best kept secret of Arabia”, says Derragh Dotson, Product Director.

“Oman is a unique destination in itself – not just a stopover,” she says, as the company readies itself for inclusion in the new Singapore Airlines Holidays brochure range for 2010/11.

“Pinpoint will be including many wonderful experiences and itineraries which showcase the country’s rich culture and diversity, as well as its breathtaking deserts and majestic mountains,” says Ms Dotson.

*Images courtesy of Ministry of Tourism.

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For further information contact Sultanate of Oman Tourism

P: (02) 9286 8930
Email:  info@tourismoman.com.au 
Visit:    www.omantourism.gov.om

Source = Sultanate of Oman Tourism
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