Tuesday, 26 Jan 2021
The annual report of the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) shows that the number of tourists to the sultanate grew by 3.5 per cent to reach 3.3mn in 2017 compared to 2016. The number of visitors by cruise ships grew by 2.3 per cent to reach 222,000 in 2017 compared to 217,000 visitors in 2016.

three.five% development in guests to Oman in 2017: MoT

The quantity of licensed hotel facilities grew by eight.9 per cent from 337 in 2016 to 367 in 2016. The quantity of hotel rooms also improved by 9.three per cent from 18,825 in 2016 to 20,581 in 2017. The quantity of beds improved by 7.six per cent from 29,538 in 2016 to 31,774 in 2017.

The figures are a outcome of the financial diversification procedures adopted by the sultanate to market the tourism sector. The report also shows that in 2016, MoT has offered initial approvals for 89 hotel facilities which will add a lot more 7,749 hotel rooms 18 hotel facilities are a single star, 17 are two stars, 36 are 3 stars, 15 are four stars and 3 are 5 stars. 

The ministry also gave initial approvals to 32 serviced apartments taking the total to 243. The validity of the licence is a single year to permit prospective investors to get approval of other organisations. The report also stated that the initial implementation approvals for the hotel facilities are valid up to the finish of 2017. The figure contains 32 regular and super class facilities, nine guesthouses, 18 green hostels, a single cultural hostel, seven camps and two resorts.

The facilities will offer 330 hotel rooms. Initial approvals have been offered to 89 hotels across the distinct governorates. These consist of two 5-star hotels in the Governorate of Muscat, a single 5-star hotel in the Governorate of North Batinah and 15 4-star hotels which includes a single in the Governorate of Muscat, two in the Governorate of Dhofar, a single in the Governorate of North Batinah and a single in South Batinah.

The ministry has also offered initial approvals for 36 3-star hotels, 17 two-star hotels and 18 a single-star hotels. MoT also issued 421 licences for distinct activities in 2017 compared to 380 in 2016. The figure contains 45 licences for hotel facilities, 245 licences for organizations which includes travel and tourism agencies.

The ministry also granted 132 licences for tourist guides. The annual report also shows that the quantity of guests to Salalah in the course of the khareef season in 2017 stood at 644,931 of which 71.1 per cent have been from Oman. The other GCC states contains UAE (eight.9 per cent) and Saudi Arabia (six.1 per cent). Visitors from the other GCC states stood at three.three per cent. Omani and other GCC guests constituted 89.four per cent of the total quantity of guests. Visitors from the rest of the globe constituted 10.7 per cent.

The report also stated that guests to Jebel Akhdar improved by 43.four per cent in 2017 to 233,012 compared to 162,499 in 2016. Foreign guests constituted 45.1 per cent of the total quantity of guests to Jebel Akhdar compared to 44.eight per cent from the sultanate. While six.six per cent have been from the other GCC states, three.four per cent have been from other Arab nations.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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