Oman’s Ministry of Tourism has reassured the travel trade that protests in the sultanate have not affected its tourism sites. The ministry’s incoming minister of tourism, HE bin Mohammed bin Ali Al Sheikh said the unrest was isolated and not aimed at tourists. “My hope is that the travel trade and people interested in visiting Oman understand that the country is a progressive and outward looking state and that localised protests here are of a different nature to those elsewhere in the region,” he said. “Here, the last thing Omanis want to see is Oman dropping off the tourism radar.” Al Sheikh said he is looking to provide ‘a range of measures’ to make sure that visitors are safe. “It is important that travellers know that there is no disruption to tourism facilities or services, or any difficulty with travel within the country,” he added.