Oman’s Hotel Industry Readies for Government’s Ambitious Tourism Plan
The Oman Dive Center rests amid the Wadi Desert. Isabell Schulz / Flickr
Oman’s focus on quickly building roads, airports, and hotels to meet tourists’ needs may cause the Gulf nation to lose out the visitors it is best suited for — lucrative travelers looking for unique authentic experiences.
Excerpt from Hotel News Now
The charm of the Sultanate of Oman’s landscape, its people and rich history has long made it a favorite with visitors, yet it remains a lesser-known jewel in the Gulf region.
Government officials are hoping to change that, making public commitments to thrust Oman onto the world stage and whet the appetite of hotel investors and international operators hungering for new global hot spots.
The Omani government’s Vision 2020 plan, created in 1995, is ambitious: increase its room count to 20,000 rooms by 2015 and welcome 12 million visitors annually by 2020, an increase well above its 1.5 million visitors recorded during 2012.