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Oman announces plans to significantly boost its number of hotels

The Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran) has announced that it will be developing a total of 54 new hotels across Oman. The new developments will significantly increase the number of rooms available and ensure that the country is able to meet the needs of the growing number of holidaymakers who visit Oman each year.

Oman announces plans to significantly boost its number of hotels

Officials at Oman's Ministry of Tourism have announced plans to boost the number of hotel rooms by adding as many as 54 new hotels in Oman. The additional hotels, 14 of which will be built in Muscat, will add 2,908 rooms.

The new facilities will be spread out across Oman though Muscat will benefit from 14 new accommodation facilities including a luxury five-star hotel, six three-star hotels, five two-star hotels and two one-star hotels. Other developments include:

  • Two hotels in Dhofar
  • Three hotels in North A'Sharqiyah
  • Two hotels in South A'Sharqiyah
  • Eight hotels in al Wusta
  • Three hotels in Al Batinah
  • Five hotels in Al Dakhiliyah
  • Two hotels Al Buraimi

The increase in accommodation options will help to meet the needs of the growing number of holidaymakers booking stays in Oman. Travellers will be especially pleased with the fact that there will be hotels for just about any budget with the soon to be built hotels ranging from luxury hotels to one and two star hotels. In addition to the new hotels, Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran) reportedly has 12 other development projects in the pipeline including building water parks, the development of Omani castles and forts as well as building eco friendly resorts.

Oman recently recorded a rise in visitors for the period running from January through April 2014 with a 23.8 per cent increase when compared to the same period last year. With the increase in the number of visitors, hotel revenue was boosted to OMR 65.9 million- a 10 per cent increase from last year's OMR 59.7 million. One factor that may be helping the hotel revenue is the fact that more travellers to Oman seem to be opting for luxury accommodation with stays at four and five star hotels up by 24 per cent from 2013.

With such encouraging figures for early 2014 and with the level of investment in the tourism sector from Omran it is clear that Oman is on the fast track to becoming one of the leading holiday destinations in the region. Kulwant Singh the managing director of a local tour company stated:

"I believe Oman is doing all right in terms of growth. They are having steady growth".

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