Destination Germany Tourism Festival Opens at Bahwan Travels office with record visitors

Muscat, Sultanate of Oman - 25 April 2016.

Destination Germany- A weeklong German Tourism festival brought to Oman by Bahwan Tourism, in partnership with Southwest Germany Tourist Board, German National Tourist Office (GNTO) and Qatar Airways, opened on Saturday 23 April at Bahwan Tourism Office, Al Rawaq Building, Al Qurum.

Mr. Franz Josef Dicken, Deputy Head of Mission, German Embassy in Oman and Ms Amal Suhail Bahwan, Managing Director and Board Member, Suhail Bahwan Group, together cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the festival in the presence of Mr. Sulaiman Al Harthy, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Meethaq Islamic Banking, prominent businessmen, VIPs and members of the press.

After a tour of the festival, Mr. Franz Dicken said, "Germany and Oman have a very long and friendly relationship and we have seen close to 20% increase in the number of health and tourism visas issued to visitors from Oman to Germany in 2015 compared to 2014 and in 2016, we are already seeing a 24% increase over 2015 numbers. This clearly indicates that Germany is increasingly becoming a popular destination among Omanis and residents.

He further added, "We are glad that Southwest Germany Tourist Board and German National Tourist Office have joined hands with Bahwan Tourism to showcase the beauty of our country for potential visitors, especially the Southwest region aptly referred to as the Sunny Side of Germany due to its many attractions."

Added Ms. Amal Bahwan, "While Germany does enjoy a special place among residents and citizens of Oman with increasing number of tourists visiting Germany every year, it has yet not been explored to its full potential. Through "Destination Germany" festival Bahwan Tourism is aiming to highlight the many attractions of this beautiful country. I am very pleased to see the keen interest of Southwest Germany Tourist Board, German National Tourist Office (GNTO) and Qatar Airways to bring exciting holiday package options to the residents of Oman, especially to those who are planning their summer vacation."

Qatar Airway's Country Manager Mr. Joe Rajadurai said "we are very pleased to partner with Bahwan Tourism, the number one travel agent in Oman for this festival. This event gives people of Oman a chance to visit Germany through Qatar Airways' three gateways Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt, and also connect to over 5600 cities in Germany with our German Rail partner Deutsche Bahn. Travelers planning for summer vacations should take advantage of this offer and make the best of their summer vacation."

Visitors to the festival can meet the tourism experts from Germany to learn more about the many attractions the region has to offer like the Mercedes Benz museum, romantic town of Heidelberg, the famous international resort city of Baden-Baden, the Black Forest highlands and Lake Constance. For thrill seekers, Europa Park which has been rated the world's best theme parks twice in a row is must-see!

There are many exciting prizes to be won at the event like free tickets to Frankfurt on Qatar Airways and many complimentary hotel stay vouchers at Stuttgart, Black Forest Highlands and Europa Park. Arrangements have been made to keep the young ones busy through fun activities at the event while the parents meet the Bahwan Tourism consultants to plan their next dream holiday to Germany!