Oman tourism: Mövenpick hotel and resorts chain comes to Muscat

Oman Saturday 25/March/2017 23:35 PM
By: Times News Service
Oman tourism: Mövenpick hotel and resorts chain comes to Muscat

Muscat: A Swiss-based hotel and resorts chain, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, will open its hotel and apartments in Al Azaiba, Muscat, the hotelier said.
The hotelier have signed an agreement with the Civil Service Employees Pension Fund to operate its first property which will feature 274 guest rooms and suites and 50 serviced apartments.
“The standout facilities will include six market-oriented food and beverage outlets, a rooftop restaurant, swimming pool, meeting and event space, a ballroom, a rooftop gym with spa, executive lounge and a residents’ lounge,” the hotelier said.
“This new property will be a welcome addition to our already extensive portfolio of hotels in the Middle East,” said Andreas Mattmüller, Chief Operating Officer, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Middle East and Africa.
“With Muscat undergoing rapid development and significant funds being invested into major tourism infrastructure projects, the time is right to put the Mövenpick brand on the map in this important regional city,” the
COO added.
Oman is considered a market brimming with opportunities for the hospitality sector, with some $640 million ploughed into travel and tourism projects in 2015, or 3.1 per cent of total investment, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) statistics reveal.
In 2016, the Sultanate was on track to receive more than 1.8 million international tourists – a figure expected to almost double to 3.34 million by 2026.
“Oman’s tourism industry is flourishing, and we are enormously encouraged by the government and private sector’s commitment to exploit its true potential,” said Amir Lababedi, Vice President Development – Middle East and Africa.
“This management agreement consolidates Mövenpick’s position as one of the region’s leading hotel operators and marks another milestone in our strategy to maximise our exposure in every major Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) market,” he said adding that as they accelerate our regional expansion, signing management deals at a record pace, we will certainly be seeing more opportunities to grow our footprint in the Sultanate.”