Hospitality sector in Oman to foresee a range of entries in 2017

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The metropolitical city of Oman has loads to offer and hence many international hotel chains are all set to launch their pristine properties in 2017. Popular luxury chains like W Hotel, Kempinski, Jumeirah have planned their entry in Muscat by end of 2017, while 2016 witnessed launch of Grand Millennium and re-launch of Sheraton after renovation.

Recently, Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts inked an agreement with the Civil Service Employees Pension Fund to operate its first property Mövenpick Hotel and Apartments Al Azaiba Muscat, in Oman’s capital city. The property will feature 274 guest rooms and suites and 50 serviced apartments.

Kempinski Hotel Muscat will open in Al Mouj by the fourth quarter of 2017. With 310 rooms and 12 restaurants, the five-star Kempinski will be the first hotel in the Al Mouj tourism complex to cater the tourists from both abroad and the Sultanate. Jumeirah Group will operate luxury resort in Muscat in 2017. The resort will consist of two hotel components, one consisting of 206 rooms and the other of 106 rooms, located in the picturesque cove of Bandar Jissah, near Qantab, nestled between the Hajjar Mountains and the Gulf of Oman. The lavish W hotel is scheduled to launch by early 2018 and will comprise of 290 rooms, a specialty restaurant, all-day dining restaurant, infinity pool and spas as well as a fitness centre, retail facilities and tennis court.

Speaking about the recent development, Lubaina Sheerazi, India Representative, Ministry of Tourism, Oman, said, “In just three years, the Sultanate received 2.05 million international travellers in 2014, 2.47 million visitors in 2015- up by 17.7% and finally reaching the three million mark in 2016. By 2040, the Sultanate hopes to reach a total of five million international travellers. In keeping with this ambitious target for tourism growth, luxury hoteliers are foreseeing lot of potential in Muscat.”

Oman is considered a market brimming with opportunities for the hospitality sector. Hotel room capacity is expected to increase by 6,000 rooms by 2020. Moreover, projects like the new Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) and the International Airport are all pointed towards a growing hotel market. Upcoming properties at the OCEC include JW Marriott and Crowne Plaza.

Lubaina further added, “We are expecting an increase in MICE movement as Oman is an ideal short-haul destination for MICE. This sector will receive a significant boost with newer properties coming up at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre in Muscat this year.”