As tourism industry regains momentum following the lifting of curbs in several countries, the Sultanate of Oman received a total of 557,000 inbound visitors until the end of April. Of these, Indian tourists numbered 79,313, making India the largest source market for the GCC nation.
According to a monthly report by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) of Oman on tourist indicators for April, the top five nations in the list of international visitors to visit the country until the end of April were GCC with 232,022, Yemen with 22,593, Germany with 21,904, Britain 18,318. In terms of single country source markets for Oman, India topped the list, accounting for almost 15 pc of the total tourism traffic in the first four months of the year.
According to the same report, three to five-star hotels generated a revenue of OMR 60 million from 511,000 tourists by the end of April, indicating an 86.3 pc increase over April 2021.
For just the month of April alone, occupancy rate in hotels rose to 31.6 pc with 82,000 guests, as compared to 39 pc in April 2021, indicating a decline of 18.9 pc. In contrast, the total revenue in April rose to OMR 11 in April 2022, compared to the OMR 6 million last year, an increase of 86.3 pc.
The NCSI report says that the total number of inbound visitors for month of April 2022 was 162,688, 12 times more compared to visitors in the same month last year when only 13,363 tourists visited the Gulf country.
Interestingly, the total number of departing Omanis in contrast to the total number of 577,000 arrivals was found to be a total of 1.2 million in the four month period.
According to the report, in April 126,200 Omanis travelled overseas as against 28,071 in April 2021, while 119,599 foreigners left Oman in the same month, compared to 53,751 in April 2021.