Oman Air and other companies received their awards in recognition of the contribution they made to Oman's pavilion winning the Gold Award at the Expo for Best Theme Development, which embodied and translated the exhibition's theme of 'The Living Ocean and Coast'.
Expo Yeosu 2012 was a major international event, held between May and August this year, with a focus on the importance of balancing the preservation of ocean and coastal areas with economic development. Oman's participation followed an invitation from the government of Korea and saw the Sultanate join exhibitors from around the world.
Wayne Pearce, Oman Air's Chief Executive Officer, commented:
"We are delighted to have received this award from His Excellency Sayyid Hamoud Bin Faisal Al Busaidi and to have played a part in Oman's notable success at the Expo Yeosu 2012. Oman is a wonderful tourist destination and Oman Air's growing network has enabled us to bring more visitors than ever before to enjoy its remarkable facilities, together with its awe-inspiring landscapes, untouched coastlines and year-round sun. The Sultanate's commitment to protecting its environment ensures that not only will it be safeguarded for future generations, but also that it will remain a unique attraction for visitors and Oman Air is honoured to have been able to support the government's initiative."
Oman Air's participation in the Expo highlighted its ongoing commitment to promoting Oman as an exciting tourism destination and publicising its excellent hotels, rich culture and legendary hospitality. The airline's senior staff were joined by 20 specially-selected Omani students who helped to greet the 521,783 visitors to the 786 square-metre pavilion, which featured high-tech touch screen information points. The pavilion also included a 44-seat movie theatre with a semi-circular screen and surround-sound audio which presented documentaries on the Sultanate's marine wealth and its preservation of natural resources.