Oman to turn old port into major tourism hub

Global Construction Review | July 08, 2019

Oman has hired Dubai luxury property developer Damac International to turn its historic port into a major tourism and lifestyle haven.Master planning and other work has been awarded to multidisciplinary design firm, SSH.The plan is to breathe new life into 200-year-old Port Sultan Qaboos.Damac was picked by the Oman Tourism Development Company SAOC (Omran) to develop Port Sultan Qaboos into a world-class, mixed-use waterfront destination and to make the port a new tourism hub for Oman.

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In the past year, although the growth rate of the Chinese economy has slowed down, the impact of a steadily growing number of high net-worth individuals witnessed over 120 million Chinese citizens traveling abroad of which, 70 million were tourists. According to statistics from the International Tourism Organization, in 2015, Chinese tourists spent over US$215 billion, 53% higher than the previous year, becoming the largest outbound tourist group in the world. Under the background of these fast growing trends in overseas travel by consumers from China, Hurun Report were pleased to work with Marriott International for the first time. The result of our collaboration is this 2016 Luxury Traveler White Paper, which focuses on the habits and characteristics of young luxury travelers and their attitudes towards travelling.

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In the past year, although the growth rate of the Chinese economy has slowed down, the impact of a steadily growing number of high net-worth individuals witnessed over 120 million Chinese citizens traveling abroad of which, 70 million were tourists. According to statistics from the International Tourism Organization, in 2015, Chinese tourists spent over US$215 billion, 53% higher than the previous year, becoming the largest outbound tourist group in the world. Under the background of these fast growing trends in overseas travel by consumers from China, Hurun Report were pleased to work with Marriott International for the first time. The result of our collaboration is this 2016 Luxury Traveler White Paper, which focuses on the habits and characteristics of young luxury travelers and their attitudes towards travelling.

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