o283,000 cruise liner tourists recorded in 2015, up 46.63 percent compared to 2018
oKey projects assist branch out Oman's tourism offerings to meet need for one-of-a-kind experiences
oHotel apartment or condos enhanced by 14.5 per cent in 2019
oStrategic partnerships with Ministry of Tourism help drive even more development as well as development for the market
The Sultanate of Oman welcomed more than 3.5 million tourists in 2019, which mirrored an 8.14 percent rise as compared to the number of sees registered in 2018. The growth can be credited to the continuing initiatives made by the Ministry of Tourism to attract more regional and also global visitors to the country as well as attain the goals set forth in the 'Omani Tourism Strategy,' which likewise intends to position Muscat as a highly-preferred tourist destination as well as a city that is interlinked and also incorporated with other key destinations in the country by 2040.
Official figures revealed that the total number of site visitors from the GCC nations reached 1.4 million in 2015, while 436,000 originated from India, which was a 21.8 percent increase as contrasted to 2018. Throughout the very same period, site visitors from China got to 107,000. Stats showed a 141 percent development in the number of Chinese travelers that saw Oman in 2015, motivating even more the Sultanate to push its plan of opening up a tourism representative office in China next year. The favorable tourist flows in 2019 affected Oman's gdp (GDP) and more strengthened the country's standing as a special regional as well as global tourist destination.
Cruise ship tourism was a large factor, with 283,000 travelers-- a growth price of 46.63 percent as compared to 2018-- showing up in the Sultanate in 2019. Regular boost has actually been noted because the Ministry's efforts to make the regional ports, including Sultan Qaboos Port, Khasab Port, and Salalah Port, an excellent and also attractive alternative for cruise lines.
Salem Adi Al Mamari, Director General of the Tourism Promotions Department, Oman Ministry of Tourism, stated, "The excellent tourism figures we are seeing currently can be attributed to the investments that the government has actually made in the neighborhood tourism field; the promotion and fostering of worldwide finest practices in the friendliness industry as well as the growth of even more top quality hotel facilities in the nation. Through its captivating as well as gorgeous nature, hospitality, distinct customs, and also rich cultural heritage, the country has the ability to advertise both its natural deposits and also sustainability. Over the years, heightened tourist campaigns have been launched to meet the government's target of over 11 million tourists by 2040."
Al Mamari stated, "Numerous projects, programs, jobs, and also clear approaches have been released to drive domestic tourism. Part of our efforts is to expand our tourism items according to the requirements of our visitors. Our purpose is to offer them with an experience that can not be discovered in other regional destinations. We have actually successfully developed Oman's online reputation as one of one of the most protected and safest tourist locations on the planet. Furthermore, the Sultanate boasts of impressive natural resources, distinct social heritage, and also lovely archaeological sites. The 2019 positive results have actually motivated us to embark on even more enthusiastic projects to further highlight the uniqueness of our nation. We will certainly additionally join more distinguished international forums to elevate the international area's understanding on the Sultanate's elegance and also hospitality."
The Ministry stated that an overall of 66 new hotels are expected to open up in between 2020 and also 2021. It likewise revealed that 30 new hotels will climb in Muscat governorate; 7 in Dhofar governorate; nine in the Advertisement Dakhiliyah governorate, 7 in Al Batinah North, 5 in Advertisement
Dhahirah governorate; three in Al Buraymi governorate; 2 in Ash Sharqiyah North; 2 in Al Batinah South governorate; and one in Ash Sharqiyah South. This will likewise contribute to the enhancement of 6,202 hotel areas in the Sultanate.
In addition, several resort apartment or condos, camps, heritage inns, environment-friendly homes and also bed and breakfast will be included-- with 96 hotel establishments to be launched in 2020 to 2021. The overall number of spaces expected to be opened throughout the very same period is 6,942. The number of hotel rooms in Oman raised by 14.5 per cent from 22,182 in 2018 to 25,408 by 2019.