The National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) indicators for 3 to 5 star hotels for 2018 revealed that the quantity of guests decreased by two.1 per cent (from 1,531,351 in 2017 to 1,499,461 in 2018).
Commenting on the Muscat Daily report published on Sunday about hotel sector getting hit by low revenues, several believe the cause for that is hotels are costly. “This place is too expensive now that the currencies have dropped in Europe. Rip off prices for food, drinks and room rates and tourists simply go elsewhere,” David posted on Muscat Daily social media pages. While some say Oman is as well costly compared to neighbouring Dubai, other people say there are not several locations of tourist interest in Oman.
“The average hotel rate in Oman is much more compared to Dubai. Bring down the rates,” Ali posted. Some also blamed poor preparing. “Poor planning or failure of the ministry to attract investors to establish tourism projects (other than hotels and resorts),” Ramzi tweeted. Nabeel stated there are no attractions in Oman. “Because there are no attractions in Oman that can attract tourist. Not even a single theme park,” he commented.
However, some industry players say substantial boost in hotel inventory in Muscat has led to a considerable stress on the prices and as a outcome the general typical area prices have dropped, which in turn also impacted the general profitability.
Information Source: Muscat Daily