Fairfest Media Ltd. conducts sales mission workshop in GCC nations

Fairfest Media Ltd., organisers of India’s leading travel trade show OTM, BLTM and TTF conducted a sales mission workshop in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries last month to thank the partners from the Gulf who have been a part of the company’s success story over the years.

The workshop focused on leveraging business relations between the company and the GCC countries in the coming years as well as proposing the Gulf nations for their participation in OTM and BLTM in 2019.

This workshop was conducted in Doha and Muscat. Fairfest Media and the GCC countries’ trade business relationship has come a long way, as these nations have been participating in OTM, BLTM and TTF over the years.

The workshop was a huge success with 12 travel partners participating in Muscat and 18 in Doha and giving a positive review about OTM, BLTM and TTF.

India is among one of the top source markets for GCC countries in terms of tourists arrivals hence, collaborating and working together will further enhance the trade relations and boost tourism between India and the Middle East.

In order to lure more Indian travellers, Oman has relaxed its visa rules by granting visa-on-arrival for the citizens of India who reside in or who hold an entry visa to one of these countries – United States of America, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan and Schengen states to enter the Sultanate of Oman.

Eyeing the potential Indian travel market, last year Qatar waived entry visa requirements for Indian citizens and they can obtain a visa waiver upon arrival to Qatar upon presentation of a valid passport with a minimum validity of six months and a confirmed onward ticket.

For Bahrain, Indians are eligible for e-visa service.

Dubai also expects a tourism boost as it is hosting the Expo 2020, a global exposition event in which more than 131 countries and 25 million people are expected to participate.

In a recent report by Alphen Capital, the GGC hospitality market will grow at 7.2% in the next four years given the fact that international events like FIFA World Cup 2022 and Expo 2020 will be held in Qatar and Dubai respectively.