Sohar: The Ministry of Tourism is focusing on development of tourism sites in the Governorate of North Al Batinah, said Hassan bin Sulaiman bin Abdullah Al Jabri, Director of Tourism Department in the governorate.
A real partnership between government institutions and the private sector, along with development plans in coordination with government institutions have already been initiated in this regard .
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He added that the Ministry of Tourism has provided all facilities for investment in the tourism sector through the introduction of several tourist land plots for investment in line with the usufruct requirements.
The Ministry is studying the necessity of the marketplace for hotel facilities along with other entertainment and tourism activities and put them in accordance with actual need.
He remarked that it really is hoped that in the coming period, two projects will undoubtedly be launched on tourist lands: a three-star hotel in the Wilayat of Shinas in Al Aqar area, besides an environmental tourist camp in the Wilayat of Saham in Al Samaida area near Al Batinah Expressway.
The allocation of several tourist lands in the concession areas in coordination with government institutions to place them for investment with time.
Jabri said that we now have 13 hotels in the Governorate of North Al Batinah and 13 hotel apartments.
New products are increasingly being developed commensurate with the Sultanate’s distinctiveness.
The governorate has two guest houses and something green hotel projects also.
The Department of Tourism in the Governorate of North Al Batinah is issuing tourist licences for hotel establishments of most types and travel and tourism offices. Follow-up on the known degree of service supplied by these institutions has been done frequently, as well as periodic meetings of these institutions which have a tourist licence in the governorate.
The meetings discuss the down sides and challenges facing the operation of the facilities, work to get appropriate answers to avoid these difficulties, and notify them of most developments, whether circulars, guidance or facilities, as well as the e-notification of the owners of licenced tourism commercial activities close to the end of the validity of tourist licences to start out renewal procedures, so as to ensure the continued operation of licensed institutions legally.
The Department of Tourism continuously seeks to carry workshops every once in awhile with the purpose of introducing the actions and tasks completed by the Ministry through various available channels, whether through the Municipal Council or awareness lectures in the schools of the governorate to introduce tourism or through participation in activities and events.