OCEC signs medical tourism conference

The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) has signed an agreement with East Expo to host the three-day International Medical Tourism Exhibition & Conference (IMTEC Oman), on the March 28 in 2016.

'While the OCEC is bringing the global events community to the Sultanate of Oman, we are also strengthening Oman’s own business events industry – helping make home-grown events world class, increasing their international presence and making sure they gain the market share they deserve in this fast-paced industry,' says Trevor McCartney, OCEC general manager. 'There is a great deal of well-respected events expertise in the Sultanate and we are keen on unleashing its potential.'

Eyad Bdeir, general manager of East Expo, says, 'IMTEC is an established successful event which has attracted over 10,000 medical professionals, distributors and suppliers in the past. By hosting IMTEC Oman 2016 at the OCEC, this will provide us with the cutting edge facilities, flexible space and international exposure we need to grow.'

The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre is located in its own fully integrated precinct only four kilometres from Muscat International Airport.

OCEC will open Phase One in early 2016, which will concentrate on exhibitions, banqueting functions, live events, corporate and government meetings.

Phase Two, the Convention Centre, will be ready for business in 2017 and will include a tiered, lyric-style 3,200 seat auditorium, another theatre which seats 450, 13 well-appointed meeting rooms, a VIP Pavilion and a Grand and Junior Ballroom, which could seat 1,360 and 600 in banquet-style respectively. Over the next seven years, the game-changing venue will host up to 446 different events, welcoming, on average, 600,000 visitors a year.