Oman Air, which is the official carrier and main sponsor of the Salalah Tourism Festival 2012, said that it was expecting 1.8 million visitors during the festival this year.
The Festival, which takes place between June 21st and July 18th, is a cultural extravaganza which celebrates the unique heritage of Oman’s most southerly Governorate.
“We are delighted to be playing a leading role in supporting the Salalah Tourism Festival, which draws people from all over the world to join in celebrating the rich history, culture and traditions of this beautiful area of Oman,” Wayne Pearce, Chief Executive Officer, Oman Air, said.
“Moreover, the Festival coincides with the Khareef (monsoon season) which, whilst the rest of the Gulf is basking in intense summer heat, brings cooling rains, lush greenery and bright flowers to the area.”
Over 1.8 million visitors are expected at the Salalah Tourism Festival, which is held in the town also known as ‘Arabia’s Perfume Capital’.
A host of attractions, including dolphin shows, an international circus, concerts and Omani folk shows will showcase the finest entertainment that Oman has to offer. Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit the Heritage Village, and a special Shopping Fair will run alongside the main Festival, offering a glimpse into Omani fashion, and displaying both traditional Omani and imported products.
As a special incentive, Oman Air Holidays has joined forces with a number of hotels in the area, in all price brackets, to offer a range of special promotions, including discounted rates, free Iftar dinners and free extra nights’ stay.
To assist the thousands of additional visitors to the area, Oman Air is also adding more flights to its current schedule of 82 flights per month from Muscat to Salalah. From June 13th-30th an extra 38 flights will be offered, and 148 extra flights per month will be operated from July to September.
“Oman Air is honoured to have supported the Salalah Tourism Festival since its inception, and this is a reflection of our commitment to celebrating Oman’s diversity, showcasing Salalah as a unique and authentic destination and developing greater levels of in-bound tourism,” Pearce, added.
“I invite everyone to visit www.omanair.com and make the most of our latest, great-value promotional packages, to come to Oman and experience our renowned hospitality, and to learn about what this wonderful country has to offer.”
“The Salalah Tourism Festival demonstrates the Governorate’s commitment to becoming both a tourism and industrial hub, and an ambitious programme of regeneration of the area is currently underway.”