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May 26, 2015

New Images Promote Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre

The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre revealed its latest 3D structures and aerial drone images in the lead-up to its 2016 opening at a press conference held last week during IMEX Frankfurt 2015. OCEC General Manager Trevor McCartney said that the opening of the Exhibition Halls and hospitality suites will put the global spotlight on Oman as the new "center of opportunity."

"Our collaboration with the Oman Ministry of Tourism at IMEX over the last four years, and this most recent one in particular, has showcased the Sultanate as a formidable international events destination and intellectual knowledge hub, with the OCEC as its driving force and catalyst,” McCartney declared in a statement.

Oman’s current meetings and conventions industry offer, ahead of the opening of the OCEC, was recently endorsed when it was ranked, for the first time, in the top 80 countries worldwide by the International Congress and Convention Association. At the same time, the latest statistics from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) report placed Oman at 9 out of 141 countries worldwide under the security and safety criteria.

As well as creating 8 percent of the 72,000 jobs created in the travel and tourism sector by 2025, the OCEC (and its surrounding precinct) is expected to contribute more than $400 million to GDP by the same year. In addition, the OCEC will be the impetus for a multitude of opportunities for SMEs in areas of food and beverage supplies, equipment hire, transportation, IT support, design and printing and event production.

The OCEC’s Business Development Team has focused on identifying, researching and verifying more than 3,000 international meetings as potential clients for the Centre; of these, the team is currently focusing on more than one hundred particularly strong possibilities. Agreements already signed with Oman’s top three local exhibition organizers mean that in its inaugural year, the Centre is expected to receive 200,000 visitors.

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