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Oman records 98 per cent hotel occupancy in winter months

The Sultanate of Oman has recorded a significant increase in winter hotel bookings, with a growth in European and American visitors. During November and December, 2015, Oman recorded 98 per cent occupancy in hotels, and this is set to increase even more between now and May, with expectations reaching 100 per cent.

Oman records 98 per cent hotel occupancy in winter months

Oman has recorded an influx of visitors over the past two months, with hotel occupancy reaching 98 per cent.

The increase in visitors mainly originate from Europe and the United States, with the highest number of hotel stays in Oman recorded in November and December, 2015.

Expectations are high and tourism officials predict 100 per cent hotel occupancy in the near future, with an increase in foreign holidaymakers between now and May.

Hospitality industry officials said that bookings ranged from 75 per cent and 90 per cent during the winter months, as the destination become more popular with international travellers. Hoteliers are said to have prepared for the rise in tourists.

Over recent years, the tourism authority in Oman has appointed overseas tourism representatives in 16 foreign countries including Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Russia, New Zealand and Australia to promote the country in the Middle East.

The Sultanate of Oman offers a selection of luxury hotels, attractions, sights and activities for travellers of all ages and from all over the world.

Muscat, the capital, is a popular destination for tourists, and holidaymakers can walk miles along the city’s beaches and coastline or explore the historic sites and attractions such as the Al Jalali Fort and Al Mirani forts, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Qasr Al Alam Royal Palace, Qurum National Park and the Bait az-Zubair Museum.

Despite the thousands of miles of dry golden sand deserts and dunes, Oman is fast-becoming a popular destination for scuba diving and snorkelling. The shores off the coast of Muscat are teeming with colourful soft and hard corals and hundreds of marine species, from seahorses and Oman clownfish, to loggerhead turtles, dolphins, sharks and humpback whales.

Many airlines have increased their services to Oman to keep up with demand, and last year British Airways launched flights on its new 787-9 Dreamliner Muscat from London.

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