Muscat | 4th January 2016
The board of directors for Oman Tourism Development Company SAOC (Omran) has announced the appointment of James Wilson as Chief Executive Officer.
Effective January 4th 2016, the newly appointed CEO will lead the company on its mission to contribute to Oman’s growing tourism industry, a sector that has seen an increasing focus by the government as part of its economic diversification efforts.
Wilson joins Omran with more than 25 years of experience in the tourism, real estate and hotel development sectors. His experience includes developing and acquiring some of the most prestigious and recognizable tourism destinations across Europe, the GCC and Africa, including the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, Pine Cliffs & Quinta Do Lago in Portugal and The V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa.
The board of directors welcomed James Wilson to his new position as Omran CEO, stating that the appointment comes as Omran enters a new phase of development with a renewed mandate on the delivery of unique tourism destinations and innovative urban projects across the Sultanate. The board members added that Wilson’s depth of experience and knowledge of the Tourism and Real Estate Development sector will significantly contribute towards the continued implementation of Omran’s ambitious vision and strategy.
Omran is well placed for the next stage of growth to support the development march of the Sultanate. Following the recent restructuring outcome, the executive management has taken a number of strategic steps that allow room for further growth and new developments. The company is currently adopting a new strategy, which aligns with the Sultanate’s National Tourism Strategy, while the newly formed subsidiaries are well placed with their respective business plans. These growth milestones enable Omran to manage wider responsibilities and expand on their abilities in delivering on the government mandate to grow capacity in the tourism sector.
Since its establishment, Omran has built a solid foundation to deliver larger tourism and urban projects that benefit all sectors of society. The company has led the accelerated development of tourism focused destinations and investments within the Sultanate. Omran’s growing portfolio of projects span across the country and include a world-class sports venue in Mussanah‚ the Sultanate’s flagship business development project - the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, as well as large joint venture developments such as Saraya Bandar Jissah and Ras Al Hadd Developments along with boutique resorts, including the newly opened Alila Jabal Akhdar Resort and Atana hotels hotels; Oman’s first home grown hospitality chain.