Participation of some 100,000 horse-racing enthusiasts marked the success of 2017 Qatar Goodwood Festival, hailed as one of the major sporting highlights of the UK summer season.

Highlighting the endless options that the destination offers, Shannon d’Offay, sales and wedding executive, Raffles Praslin Seychelles, enthused, “[…] Depending on the guests’ requests we can do all sorts of activities and arrangements, from flowers, to photographers, helicopter scenic flights, romantic dinners with musicians, [or] breakfast set up on the villa terrace […].”

WITH ITS WHITE-SAND BEACHES, SECLUDED COVES AND CORAL-COLOURED SUNSETS, THE SEYCHELLES PROVIDES A UNIQUE BACKDROP FOR ROMANTIC ENCOUNTERS.

Shifting from Oman’s evident ability to provide world-class premises and services for meetings, conferences and events, as well as to ease the burden of travelling for delegates, the country’s resorts, cultural and historical attractions and natural surroundings also lend themselves well to incentives groups.

Contributing to the myriad of highly-anticipated developments positively affecting tourism, while enhancing ever-so-important connectivity to the region, the approaching opening of a new terminal at Muscat International Airport in 2018 and the launch of Salalah International Airport’s new premises in 2015 have both increased expectations.

OMAN’S BUSINESS TRAVEL SECTOR HAS BEEN PUT UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT AS A KEY SEGMENT WITH SIGNIFICANT POTENTIAL TO ENHANCE THE SULTANATE’S THRIVING TOURISM INDUSTRY.

In line with QTA’s strategy of targeting Kuwait and Oman for leisure trips, Kashif Javed Khan, director, sales and marketing, Governor West Bay Suites & Residences, underlined that the property is primarily targeting Kuwait, Oman, and Turkey, offering numerous summer promotions to add to the appeal.

While political events at the beginning of June prompted tourism providers to rethink strategies to sustain business, QTA’s commitment to diversifying the country’s inbound tourism was already well underway.

ALONG WITH EFFORTS TO DIVERSIFY ITS ECONOMY, QATAR HAS BEEN LOOKING AT WAYS TO DEVELOP ITS TOURISM INDUSTRY TO APPEAL TO A BROADER RANGE OF TRAVELLERS.

HAILED AS ONE OF THE FIRST HOLISTIC WELLNESS RESORTS IN THE REGION, SAMIR ARORA, GENERAL MANAGER, RETREAT PALM DUBAI MGALLERY BY SOFITEL, EXPLAINS WHAT WILL MAKE THE PROPERTY STAND OUT ONCE IT OPENS THIS SUMMER.