Oman’s Top Ten Tourism Projects Val­ued at $3.3bn

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Oman’s Min­istry of Tourism re­vealed that the Sul­tanate’s top ten projects have a com­bined in­vest­ment value of just over $3.3bn. High-end mixed-use de­vel­op­ments such as the Saraya Ban­dar Jis­sah Re­sort val­ued at $840m is to house 326 rooms and 356 residential units and vil­las. Also un­der­way are the Kempin­ski Ho­tel, Louis Vuit­ton Ho­tel and Fair­mont Ho­tel. The brands are set to ac­com­mo­date the up­com­ing surge of visi­tors to Oman. Ac­cord­ing to a study con­ducted by the Na­tional Cen­tre for Sta­tis­tics and In­for­ma­tion (NCSI), the coun­try wit­nessed an in­crease in rev­enues and guest nights, record­ing a 26.1% growth in visi­tor num­bers in De­cem­ber 2014 year-on-year, a fig­ure ris­ing from OMR 150,486m to OMR 165, 970m. Oman’s 4 and 5-star ho­tels also wit­nessed a to­tal year-on-year rev­enue growth of 10.3% in the same pe­riod. The latest news comes as part of the coun­try’s ef­forts to de­liver so­phis­ti­cated and lux­ury of­fer­ings to its var­ied clien­tele. The min­istry is throw­ing the spotlight on lux­ury de­vel­op­ments, col­lab­o­rat­ing with iconic in­ter­na­tional brands that are syn­ony­mous with so­phis­ti­cated tastes and known for pro­vid­ing a com­pre­hen­sive cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence. Her Ex­cel­lency Maitha Al Mahrooqi, Un­der­sec­re­tary at Oman Min­istry of Tourism, said: “We are both pleased and ex­cited to wit­ness the pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ments in our tourism in­dus­try. As of now, Busi­ness Mon­i­tor In­dex (BMI) has pre­dicted that there will be 1.14m tourist ar­rivals in 2015, rep­re­sent­ing a 3% in­crease from the pre­vi­ous year as tourist re­ceipts reach $2.24b, up by 5% year-on-year.

“As more and more peo­ple flock to have an ex­otic and au­then­tic travel ex­pe­ri­ence, we want to pro­vide su­pe­rior ser­vices and top-qual­ity ex­pe­ri­ences to our trav­ellers from the Gulf and all over the world.”

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