Hotels occupancy declines 0.4pc

MUSCAT: Occupancy rate of hotels which come under three-star and five-star categories in the Sultanate by the end of November 2017 declined by 0.4 per cent to reach to 56.5 per cent, compared to 56.7 per cent in the same period in 2016, while the revenue increased by 2.4 per cent to reach to RO 174,49,000, compared to RO 169,961,000 during the same period of 2016.
The statistics released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) on the main indicators of hotels which come under the categories of three to five stars indicated that the total number of guests who occupied these hotels was 1,394,942 guests by the end of November 2017, comprising a decline by 4 per cent, compared to 1,452,842 guests during the same period in 2016.
These statistics also revealed the number of European guests increased by 15.4 per cent the total number of 518,629 till the end of November 2017, compared to 449,348 during the same period in 2016.
The Omani guests came the second with 348,161 at the end of November 2017, comprising a decline by 18.8 per cent, compared to 473,159 during the same period in 2016.
The GCC guests came third with 199,342, the Asians fourth with 145,183, other Arabs from non-GCC countries came fifth with 59,880, American guests came sixth with 48,158, guests from Ocean countries came seventh with 13,421, Africans guests came eighth with 9,636 and 16,531 guests from other nationalities. — ONA