The total revenues of Oman’s hotels in the three-to-five-star category rose by 7.3 per cent to RO202.2mn till the end of November 2019 compared to RO188.4mn in the same period of 2018.
However, hotel occupancy rates fell by 5.4 per cent to reach 53.9 per cent at the end of November 2019 against 57 per cent for the same period of 2018, according the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).
Meanwhile, the total number of guests in hotels showed a significant increase by 17.9 per cent in the 11-month period of 2019, reaching 1.59mn from 1.35mn in the same period of 2018. Among the nationalities, Europeans constituted the maximum number of visitors, reaching 523,783. This was followed by 490,986 Omani guests and 198,388 Asian tourists till the end of November 2019, the data released by NCSI revealed.
There was a rise in the number of American guests, Oceanian guests, GCC and other Arab guests by 29.5 per cent, 9.9 per cent, 0.7 per cent and 17.1 per cent to reach 62,758, 15,149, 181,950 and 66,970 respectively. However, there was a drop in the number of African guests by 0.7 per cent to reach 10,814.
Oman’s hotels received 1.49mn guests and the hotels generated a total revenues of RO214.1mn in 2018.