MUSCAT, Oman – Oman’s hospitality sector has recorded a significant growth in the first half of 2014 as the Ministry of Tourism (MOT) intensively promotes across the globe various tourist destinations in the country.
“The significant reason behind the increase in the number of hotel guests is the boost that the Ministry of Tourism provided by promoting the country’s destinations and opening new opportunities for other countries to invest,” said Rabih Zein, Cluster General Manager, Park Inn by Radisson Muscat and Park Inn by Radisson Hotel & Residence Duqm.
“As a hotelier, our role is to support the effort by promoting the country in various ways such us attending exhibitions, sales calls and marketing tactics and meeting the guests’ expectations.”
The total number of guests staying at four and five star hotels in the Sultanate of Oman witnessed a significant increase of 20.7 percent in the first half of 2014, totalling 368,764, when compared with 305,573 guests during the same period in 2013.
The total revenue for four and five star hotels also grew by 8.7 percent during the same period, rising to OMR86.337 million, compared with OMR79.459 million at the end of June 2013.
Occupancy rates also registered an increase of 5.3 percent, rising to 64.6 percent by the end of June 2014, compared with a 61.3 percent occupancy recorded during the same period in 2013, according to the “Main indicators for four and five star hotels” report issued by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).