Oman’s hotels welcomed 819,600 guests in the first nine months of the current year, down by 2.7 per cent when compared with the same period last year.
According to fresh data, the earnings the Sultanate’s hotels collected in the nine-month period dipped by 0.67 per cent to a total of OMR131.5 million.
Occupancy rates hit their highest levels in February and March at 68.1 per cent and 67.7 per cent, respectively. Meanwhile, in July, occupancy rates stood at 33.2 per cent, according to data published by the Al-Roya newspaper.
Approximately 30 per cent of the total number of the guests in three- and four-star hotel was Omani, followed by Europeans (28 per cent); GCC nationals (15 per cent) and Asians (14 per cent).
The number of Asian guests declined by 18 per cent year-on-year, while the number of guests from member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council jumped by 28.2 per cent.
Occupancy rates in these hotels reached 54.7 per cent during the January-to-September period, compared with 58.6 per cent at the same time last year.
Noteworthy, there are 12 five-star, 23 four-star and 29 three-star hotels in Oman.
(OMR1 = AED9.54, at the time of publishing)