The Sultanate of Oman’s Ministry of Tourism is committed to
safeguarding and enhancing cultural, natural and heritage values,
and ensuring that all forms of tourism are conducted in a
The Ministry has adopted the Sustainable Tourism principles
developed by the United National World Tourism Organisation and (UNWTO
2003 onwards and including the Muscat Declaration on Built
Environments for Sustainable Tourism 2005), and encourages Oman’s
tourism businesses to adopt UNWTO and related (e.g. ISO and IFC)
guidelines and standards, and contribute to the wellbeing of local
communities through community, social and environmental programs.
In planning and developing infrastructure and services,
consideration is given to social and environmental values, as well
as to precautionary and preventative principles.
The Ministry has prepared a Development Control Plan Framework to
guide development and to enhance the long-term sustainability of the
In restoring and managing heritage forts and castles, as well as
managing reserves and attractions, the Ministry gives priority to
the needs of, and opportunities for, local communities.
In marketing Oman as a destination for responsible tourists,
promotions, campaigns and advice to visitors highlight Oman’s
heritage, cultural and natural values. Where possible, marketing
collateral is produced using recycled paper and bridgeable inks.
The Ministry is now formulating a Responsible Tourism Policy.