Muscat: Total revenues of the Sultanate’s hotels in 3-5 star category rose by 11.5 per cent to OMR41.30 million in the first two months of 2018 from OMR37.05 million for the corresponding January until February period of 2017.
Hotel occupancy rates also increased by 8.8 per cent to 69.2 per cent during January to February of 2018, against 63.7 per cent for the same period of last year, according to the latest monthly statistics released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).
Similarly, the total number of guests in the Sultanate’s hotels in January till February period of 2018 moved up by 3.4 per cent to 275,970 from 266,817 for the same period of 2017.
Among various nationalities, Europeans constituted maximum number of visitors at 120,650 which showed a growth of 1.3 per cent over the same two-month period of 2017.
This was followed by the Omani guests, which stood at 66,182. However, the number of the Omani guests declined by 5.5 per cent when compared to the same period of last year.
A phenomenal growth was witnessed in the case of Oceanian, African and the GCC visitors, which went up by 57.5 per cent, 41.6 per cent and 32.8 per cent to 3,479 / 1,969 and 29,910 guests, respectively, during the two months period, the provisional data released by NCSI showed.
Asian visitors rose by 9 per cent to 27,421 tourists while guests from other Arab countries fell by 16.5 per cent to 10,565 guests during the period under review.