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The Chedi among the Muscat hotels propelling Oman's tourism sector

Despite the falling oil prices, Muscat hotels and resorts are outperforming its peers in other key Middle Eastern destinations like Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha. Hotels like The Chedi in Al Khuwair, which has earned a top rating from the Telegraph's travel expert Nigel Tisdall, are the key to Oman's success.

The Chedi among the Muscat hotels propelling Oman's tourism sector

The Telegraph's Nigel Tisdall, a travel expert with over 25 years of experience, has awarded the Chedi luxury beach resort in Muscat, Oman a high rating of 8/10.

Mr. Tisdall awarded high points to the Chedi in the categories of Style/Character (9/10) Service/facilities (9/10) and Location (8/10).

According to Tisdall the key reasons for booking a stay the Chedi Muscat are:

"... the sense of space- the hotel covers a 21-acre site with palm lined gardens and white Moorish-style buildings- three swimming pools and a high level of service, comfort and cuisine. Arguably the top hotel in Muscat..."

Despite the current economic climate, hotels in Muscat, like The Chedi, are performing well and are proving to be a key asset to development of Oman's tourism sector.

A recent PwC report on hotels in the Middle East shows that, of the six cities covered in the study (Muscat, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha, Jeddah and Riyadh), Muscat hotels were performing well with a recorded revenue growth of 6 percent.

When placed in the context of lowered oil prices and the devaluation of the euro against the dollar, this growth in Muscat's Revenue per Available Room (RevPAR) is made all the more impressive. According to the PwC report Muscat will further reinforce its strong regional position in 2016 with an expected RevPAR growth of eight percent in that year, just behind Abu Dhabi's 8.3 percent.

Muscat's success is, according to PwC, owed to increased government investment in developing infrastructure including the expansion of the airport, an upgrade to the ferry terminal and an increase in the number of hotel rooms, which is set to double over the course of the next three years.

Also notable is the fact that Muscat has the highest concentration of four star hotels and resorts than most other destinations in the region. Muscat's strategy of pursuing value over volume will likely be key in helping Oman to achieve its goal of generating $1 billion in tourism revenue by 2020.

Kenneth Macfarlane, senior partner at PwC stated the following of Muscat:

"It is an under-marketed destination, with a lot of potential, and a well-considered plan for sustainable long-term growth. The diverse landscape across Oman, together with the major development projects, is positioning the city well for sustained future growth".

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