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Oman tourism: Boom time for star hotels


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Muscat: It's a boom time for hospitality industry here as the total number of guests in Oman's four and five star hotels grew by 23.8 per cent by the end of April 2014 to 266,314, compared to 215,074 in the same period in 2013.

A bulletin released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) said that these hotels' revenue rose to OMR65,966,000 by the end of April 2014 compared to OMR59,702,000 during the same period in 2013, constituting a 10.5 per cent rise.

The number of Omani guests reached 73,354 by the end of April 2014, compared to 64,259 during the same period in 2013, registering an increase of 14.2 per cent. The number of guests from the GCC countries stood at 27,027, and when compared to 23,001, constituted a growth of 17.5 per cent. 

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Meanwhile, the number of Arab guests stood at 9,472, compared to 7,212, an increase of 31.3 per cent in the last one year. The number of African guests reached 1,823, compared to 1,190, registering an increase of 53.2 per cent.

The European guests' number stood at 108,596 at the end of April 2014 compared to 81,645 during the same period in 2013, an increase of 33 per cent. The number of Asian guests during the period stood at 24,407 compared to 19,229, constituting an increase of 26.9 per cent.

The NCSI bulletin adds that the number of Americans stood at 11,121 by the end of April 2014, compared to 10,171 guests during the same period in 2013, registering an increase of 9.3 per cent.

The number of hotel guests from Oceania stood at 3,006 in comparison to 2,439 during the same period in 2013, an increase of 23.2 per cent. Guests hailing from other nationalities stood at 7,508, compared to 5,928 during the same period in 2013, registering a growth of 26.7 per cent.

The bulletin stated that four and five star hotels' occupancy rate rose by 71.6 per cent at the end of April 2014, compared to 66.9 per cent during the same period in 2013, constituting a growth of seven per cent.

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