The total number of guests staying at four and five star hotels in the Sultanate of Oman witnessed an increase of 20.7 per cent 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 per cent 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 per cent, rising to 64.6 per cent by the end of June 2014, compared with a 61.3 per cent 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).
According to the Ministry of Tourism, the tourism industry is expected to grow to 10 per cent of GDP by 2020. A senior official of Oman Tourism, speaking to the Times of Oman, said this growth will be supported by the expansion of international airports in Muscat and Salalah, creating new airports, additional hotels, resorts and a new strategy formulated by the Ministry of Tourism.
"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.