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Hotels in Oman Welcome the Opening of the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre

News On October 10, The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre celebrated its first anniversary in business. Now, it’s clear to say that the venue had a powerful and successful start. The city’s hospitality industry in general and Oman hotels, in particular, benefited from this launch as within just one year the convention centre hosted 101 events that attracted more than 750,000 visitors.

At the moment, only the first phase of the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) is open. That’s the exhibition space of 22,000sqm. Al Nimr Expo by Infra Oman was the first event that took place in OCEC. Infra Oman returned to the venue with another event, the 7th International Exhibition for Infrastructure & Industrial Projects, one year later, making it the 101st event right on the first anniversary of the center.

By the end of this year, OCEC will host two important events, so local hotels will enjoy higher bookings again. The first event is the ACI Airport Exchange 2017 conference and exhibition. It’s the largest event for the airport community of the Gulf. The meeting takes place just ahead of the opening of the Muscat International Airport that is highly anticipated by both industry insiders and travelers. The second event is no less important – UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture. As many as 65 ministers from different countries of the world have already confirmed their attendance.

The majority of venues for many exhibitions and conferences are chosen on a bid basis, so the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre regularly participates in such draws. At the moment, the centre has already won bids for 11 large conferences of both local and international importance. The reservations are open for several years ahead, up to 2024. In future, the centre will have its second phase finished. This includes the opening of an auditorium for 450 seats, a tiered theatre with 3,200 seats, 20 meeting rooms for up to 360 delegates, two ballrooms primarily for banquet purposes for up to 1,200 visitors, and a VIP pavilion.

The opening of two hotels has been already confirmed for The OCEC. These are the five-star JW Marriott Hotel that will have a direct exit to the convention centre and the four-star Crowne Plaza hotel. Both the hotels will offer more than 600 guest rooms. The OCEC itself is a key component of Madinat al Irfan – the remarkable urban project that is currently developed by Oman Tourism Development Company.


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