Oman has become a must-see destination on the itinerary of world travellers, it embodies all that is beautiful about the Middle East region- the desert, the sea, the hospitality – with none of the political upheavals that have beleaguered the area in recent years.
The total number of guests staying at 4- and 5-star hotels in the increasingly sought after destination of the Sultanate of Oman witnessed an increase at the end of December 2014.
The number went up to 785,612, compared to 622,805 during the same period in 2013, recording a growth rate of 26.1%.
The revenue for 4- and-5 star hotels also grew by 10.3 % during the same period, rising to $431,100m (OR165,970 m), compared to $390,872m (OR 150,486m) at the end of 2013. The occupancy rate stood at 59.9% at the end 2014, compared to a 58.3% during the same period in 2013, an increase of 2. 7%.
The “Main indicators for 4- and 5-star hotels” report issued by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) revealed that visitors from Europe topped the list of hotel guests in 2014 with 270,567, registering an increase of 32.9%, followed by 230,307 Omanis, registering an increase of 20.4%. While there were 105,032 guests from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries registering an increase of 14.6%, there were 82,991 guests from Asia, registering an increase of 38.4%.
There were 31,465 American guests, registering an increase of 16.7%, while Arab guests numbered 30,641, an increase of 38.8%.
The number of guests from Oceania stood at 10,328, registering an increase of 41.2 %, while the Africans numbering 5,788 guests, registered an increase of 58.9%. Guests from other nationalities stood at 18.494, registering an increase of 12.8%.