Oman welcomed more than 3 million tourists in 2018

TravelDailyNews International | April 29, 2019

Oman’s Ministry of Tourism is placing a stronger emphasis on the recent surge in popularity that Oman has witnessed in order to help increase awareness and promote the country as a key tourism destination – throwing the spotlight on what makes the Sultanate a diverse and rich destination at a series of global tourism events and travel fairs. Oman welcomed more than 1.4 million GCC citizens last year, with the total number of tourists exceeding 3 million, whilst almost 200,000 cruise ship passengers visited the Sultanate.

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With American travel consumers starting to value experiences over material possessions, it's been a boon to the travel industry. Many are saving money to go on trips with their loved ones -- or even alone -- and others are willing to pick up a new job just to fund their next adventure. However, research from Expedia shows that no two travelers are the same. Here, we look at American travel consumers across generations to understand how they plan and what they like to do while they're away.

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With American travel consumers starting to value experiences over material possessions, it's been a boon to the travel industry. Many are saving money to go on trips with their loved ones -- or even alone -- and others are willing to pick up a new job just to fund their next adventure. However, research from Expedia shows that no two travelers are the same. Here, we look at American travel consumers across generations to understand how they plan and what they like to do while they're away.

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FocusPoint International | June 16, 2022

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Tripedia | November 29, 2021

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Optii Solutions | May 05, 2022

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