During the ITB Tourism Trade Show in Berlin H.E. Maitha Bint Saif Al Mahruqiyah, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Tourism, inaugurate the “Virtual Museum of Geology in Oman” (VMO). The launch of the VMO homepage marks the starting point for a new project to exhibit the unique geological heritage in the Sultanate of Oman.
With the support of 360° panorama pictures, galleries and videos, visitors can explore geological attractions throughout the country. In this initial stage the museum features the Duqum Stone Park, the ophiolite rocks in the heart of Muscat, ripple marks and other fascinating locations.
The geological heritage of Oman provides for a wealth of knowledge that will be valuable in understanding geological phenomena. Oman is considered as a hot spot among international geologists and is considered an “open book” of geological and geomorphologic education. The VMO is a joint project in the frame of the German-Oman cooperation “Tourism and Education for Sustainable Development”, which, among other things, is focusing on the promotion of the geological heritage and Geotourism activities in Oman.
Following this initial launch the VMO will be regularly extended with new locations and attractions. In the future other themes like tourism, culture and history will be implemented, leading towards a comprehensive virtual museum for Oman. The Ministry of Tourism is looking forward to enrich Oman’s tourism marketing through the virtual museum concept.
A touring photo exhibition entitled “Rapprochement”, demonstrating the rich natural and cultural heritage and the people of the Sultanate of Oman will be held in the premises of the Volksbank building in the city of Schlangen, Germany. The show exhibits the work of the Omani photographer and artist Amer Al Tobi.
The opening of the exhibition is the anacrusis of a range of activities and projects which will be held in the frame of the recently appointed cooperation between the Sultanate of Oman and the Nature Park Teutoburger Forest / Eggegebirge.
Organised for the 7th successive year, Oman Travel Mart (OTM) focuses on promoting inbound and outbound tourism, providing unrivalled opportunity for organisations in Oman and abroad to showcase their products and services whilst presenting a diverse range of destinations.
OTM 2010 exhibition and conference will attract a varied audience consisting of trade, corporate and general visitors, providing an ideal venue to develop partnership and generate key leads.
The event will host the vast tourism sectors comprising adventure and sports, business and incentive, education and leisure, health and medical, green and ecological, transport services and operators, travel insurance and banking services, hotels and resorts, cruise liners, ferries and boat services, airlines, airport and cargo services, amongst others.
The exhibition will put the spotlight on tourism properties and investment, medical tourism and will also highlight destinations which are most visited by Omani travellers.
Alongside the exhibition will be the conference titled “Tourism Development and Management” set to provide unparalleled learning, industry updates and strategies and will serve as a platform for industry professionals to discuss challenges, identify required developments and examine various responses on tourism business planning and management techniques.
The conference will provide participants with stimulating discussions and practical ideas from regional and international tourism professionals and experts. For further information visit www.otm.travel.