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The tourism sector is enjoying increased attention. In 2012 it accounted for some 3% of GDP, saw growth of nearly 4% in the same year, and contributed to the creation of some 70,000 jobs in 2011. In the broader Middle East region, tourism job creation actually shrank by 0.6%. Going forward, the government’s priority is to diversify tourism offerings, via a number of initiatives to promote the camping and adventure segment. Furthermore, as part of efforts to build up new segments, the authorities are attempting to promote the sultanate as a golfing destination to both domestic and foreign golf enthusiasts. Sailing academies are also being expanded in an effo