Oman ranked among top 17 of world’s fastest growing tourism destinations

Published on : Monday, January 25, 2016

Salalah, OmanAccording to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Travel Barometer, Oman has been ranked among the top 17 of the world’s fastest growing tourism destinations.

The Sultanate is the only Arab and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) country to make the list. It occupies 16th position, ahead of Romania and behind Columbia.

I n 2005, the Sultanate saw about 891,000 tourists’ arrival, while in 2015, the number doubled to around 1.78 million visitors accounting for a 17 per cent increase.

Notably, Oman still continues to attract tourists, despite the Middle East suffering in recent years due to the rise of the Arab Spring, break out of civil wars and emergence of terrorist organisations in the North,

According to the National Centre for Statistics and Information’s (NCSI) latest monthly bulletin report, 964,956 guests had checked into 3-5 star hotels by the end of October 2015.

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