Although Oman is located on the southeast tip of the Arabian Peninsula, apprehension about conflict in the Middle East should not dissuade you and your travel companions from a trip to the diverse, hospitable and delightful sultanate. Since 1970, the absolute monarchy has been ruled by hereditary Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said, known for his liberal policies. While Oman possesses modest oil reserves and 80 percent of the country is desert, the sultan instituted extensive programs of renovation, modernization and education. Despite reports of human rights restrictions and censorship, Oman in 2010 ranked as the most improved developed nation in the world, and it scores as the 59th most peaceful country on the globe.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
In a country known for its scuba diving, beach resorts and mountainous adventures, Manila sits at the economic, social and cultural heart of the Philippines. Colorful jitneys, classic art museums, galleries and a preserved old town mix with upscale fine dining and glitzy mega malls, bringing together divergent aspects of this bustling metropolis. Its UNESCO World Heritage sites contrast with its booming nightclubs, all comprising equal parts of the fabric. As much as it touts its heritage and culture, Manila also excels as a business center attracting MICE groups to its borders.