Oman recorded a total of 1.25 million guests staying in the sultanate’s three- to five-star hotels between January and September, generating RO155.2 million ($401.8 million) in revenues, new data showed.
According to figures provided by Oman’s National Centre for Statistics and Information, the total revenue of Omani hotels rose by 8 per cent in the first nine months of the year compared to the same period of the previous year.
However, hotel occupancy rates fell by 7.4 per cent to reach 51.4 per cent at the end of September against 55.5 per cent for the same period of 2018, statistics revealed.
Among the nationalities, Europeans constituted the maximum number of visitors, reaching 398,013. This was followed by 387,914 Omani guests and 158,371 Asian tourists till the end of September.
There was a rise in the number of American guests, GCC, Oceanian guests and other Arab guests by 30.8 per cent, 0.3 per cent, 11.2 per cent and 18 per cent to reach 49,467; 153,811; 11,873; and 54,689 guests, respectively.
However, there was a drop in the number of African guests by 2.5 per cent, totalling 8,825 guests.
Omani hotels received 1.49 million guests and the hotels generated a total revenue of RO214.1 million ($554.3 million) in 2018. - TradeArabia News Service
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