His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik has issued Royal Decree No. (69/2023) to enforce the Tourism Law

By: Ahmed Al Harthi

BSc in Software Engineering with Multimedia and Masters of Business Administration in Project Management. Ahmed works as an IT manager and content creator at Omanspire.
The new tourism law issued by Royal Decree No. 69/2023 defines the role of the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism to develop the tourism sector in the Sultanate of Oman and regulate tourist and hotel establishments. The law, which is divided into 5 chapters and includes 21 articles, has paved the way for greater growth of the tourism sector through monitoring and discovering new areas and sites. Potential for tourism exploitation according to the comparative and competitive advantages of the governorates.

The first article dealt with the application of the provisions of the Tourism Law in terms of words and phrases related to tourism, while the second article indicated that it is prohibited to commit any behavior or carry out an act that would violate the applicable laws, public order, or public morals, or affect the security and safety of society and the stability of the country, or infringement on The environment, or harming the reputation of tourism in the Sultanate of Oman.

The third article stated that the Ministry of Tourism is the body that determines the financial fees it charges in exchange for the services it provides in application of the provisions of this law after the approval of the Ministry of Finance. The fourth article addresses the employees who are designated by a decision of the legally competent authority in agreement with the minister and the status of judicial officers in implementing the provisions of this law. Law and regulation.

Article Five permits the concerned parties to file a grievance with the Minister against any decision issued on the basis of this law and the regulations and decisions issued in implementation thereof, explaining the reasons for the grievance, and attaching to it the documents supporting it within (60) sixty days from the date of his notification of the decision, and the grievance must be decided upon and the person who filed it must respond whether By accepting or rejecting it within (30) thirty days from the date of its submission, and the decision issued in this regard shall be final.

Article Six of the law allows any natural or legal person to benefit, exploit, rent, operate, or manage any tourist area, tourist site, or government tourist land or part thereof after obtaining the approval of the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, and the Ministry is responsible for concluding the contracts implementing this, as stipulated The list shows it.

Article Seven stated that the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, in coordination with the concerned authorities, shall identify and inventory tourist areas and tourist sites in the Sultanate of Oman, and follow up on the discovery of new areas and sites that can be exploited for tourism, according to the relative and competitive advantages of the governorates. A decision shall be issued by the Minister after the approval of the Council of Ministers, with the Ministry being responsible for Supervising the exploitation and organization of tourist areas and sites that have been identified and developed, coordinating with the competent authorities to promote their exploitation, and approving the necessary plans for this in accordance with the controls set forth in the regulations.

Article Eight stressed that no natural or legal person may practice any tourism activity unless obtaining a license to do so from the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism. The regulations specify the types of licenses, their conditions, and the procedures for obtaining them. Foreign tourism companies may not establish branches or offices in the Sultanate of Oman except after obtaining a license to do so from the Ministry, as indicated in the regulations.

Article Nine also stressed that no natural or legal person may practice the activity, operate or manage tourist or hotel facilities except with a license from the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, as the regulations specify the conditions and procedures for obtaining this license.

Article 10 stated that it is not permissible to assign or dispose of the license to practice tourism activity to others except with the prior approval of the Ministry in accordance with the procedures and controls set forth in the regulations.

Article Eleven clarified that licensed tourist and hotel establishments must adhere to the requirements set by the Ministry after coordination with the relevant authorities, while Article Twelve B focused on the classification of tourist and hotel establishments into levels or types, just as restaurants and tourist cafes are classified, and the classification is updated for each of them. Periodically as indicated by the regulations.

Article Thirteen stipulates that the relevant government units, licensed tourist and hotel establishments and their branches, or any other entity working in the tourism sector, must provide the Ministry with statistical data on the number of guests, revenues collected on a regular basis, and any other data requested by the Ministry in accordance with the procedures it sets forth. Regulations.

While Article Fourteen of the law confirms that it is prohibited for tourist and hotel establishments to resort to concealing the classification in order to promote a tourist or hotel classification level higher than the level approved by the Ministry.

With regard to penalties and administrative penalties, the law specifies in Article Fifteen that the penalties stipulated in this law are without prejudice to any more severe penalty stipulated in another law.

While Article Sixteen stated that a legal person shall be punished with a fine equivalent to twice the maximum fine penalty prescribed for the crime in accordance with this law. If the crime was committed in his name or on his account by the chairman or a member of its board of directors, his manager, or any other official acting in that capacity, or with his consent, or with concealment, or with gross negligence on his part.

Article Seventeen clarifies that he shall be punished by imprisonment for a period no less than (10) ten days and not exceeding (6) six months, and a fine no less than (6) thousand Omani Riyals and not exceeding (50) thousand Omani Rials, or one of these two. The two penalties shall be imposed on anyone who violates the provisions of Articles (2), (6), (8) and (9) of this law, and the penalty shall be doubled at its minimum and maximum limits in the event of repetition.

Article Eighteen indicates that anyone who violates the provisions of Articles (10) and (13) of this law shall be punished with a fine of no less than (3) thousand Omani riyals and not more than (6) thousand Omani riyals, and a fine of no less than one thousand Omani riyals. It shall not exceed (4) thousand Omani Riyals for anyone who violates the provisions of Articles (11) and (14) of this law. In all cases, the penalty shall be doubled at its minimum and maximum limits in the event of the same violation being repeated.

Article Nineteen permits the Minister to impose administrative penalties on what it issues

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    BSc in Software Engineering with Multimedia and Masters of Business Administration in Project Management. Ahmed works as an IT manager and content creator at Omanspire.

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