Occupancy rates in Oman reached 90% during winter
Introduction of on-arrival visa facilities and the year-old airport cited as reasons for the increase
The occupancy level of hotels and other tourist facilities in the Sultanate during this winter season stood between 75% and 90%, according to a report on the Times of Oman online news outlet.
The news outlet reported that increased occupancy rates were due to the “huge influx of [international] tourists”.
The director of promotions for Oman’s Ministry of Tourism Saleh bin Ali Al Khalifi, was reported as saying that the tourists primarily came from established markets such as those in Europe, the United States and Canada.
He was reported as saying that the popularity of the Sultanate’s winter tourist season was due to the introduction of on-arrival visa facilities and the opening of Muscat International Airport, which opened a year ago.
Al Khalifi pointed out that “hotel establishments in the Sultanate are also multiplying and expanding to meet the ever rising demand for accommodation.”
He highlighted that the private sector was working hard to increase investment in the tourism sector and hotel facilities in particular to keep pace with the increase in demand in some of the governorates.
Hotelier Middle East reported on 4 March 2019 how Oman was set to boost tourism with 31 new hotels across the Sultanate.