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