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.
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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
Tours include highlights such as ‘Mystic Muscat’,
‘Inspiring Interiors’ featuring Nizwa and Bahla,
and desert safaris to Wahiba Sands and Wani Bani
“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 –
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
A broad selection of hotels in the beautiful capital
Muscat is included, as well as a full range of prepackaged
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
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
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
“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
“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.
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,
“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
*Images courtesy of Ministry of Tourism.
For further information contact Sultanate of Oman Tourism
P: (02) 9286 8930