Published on : Tuesday, February 21, 2017
The tourism and hospitality industry of Oman is gradually gaining in strength with total investment in the sector set to reach $1.17 billion by 2026, as confirmed by the WTTC. As per WTTC, in 2016, there was a yearly increase of 15% in visitor numbers, reaching 2.5 million during the first 10 months. Recently, Oman was named one of the top ten places to visit in 2017. According to Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, Arabian Travel Market (ATM), “The country boasts of a fantastic mix of culture, history and adventure for travellers, while the $120 million Majarat Oman futuristic theme park, set to open in 2017, will add to the huge selection of options available for families.”
According to a report from Colliers International, although Oman faces significant competition from other popular regional destinations, the country has been able to distinguish itself as a unique tourism destination, being home to many ecological, cultural and heritage attractions. Oman currently has 15,843 hotels, with another 6,347 rooms in the pipeline, representing a growth of 40.1%. The number of tourists arriving at Oman’s airports has also gone up. Salalah International Airport (SAIA) currently has a capacity of one million travellers annually, with the ability to increase this further by up to six million.
Six other airports are also either in planning or construction phases, including the new airport at Ras Al Hadd.