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Radisson SAS GM says Oman will be among World's Top Emerging Destinations within 7 Years

Search ASIA Travel Tips .com 18 January 2006

Oman will be among the worlds top emerging tourism spots within five to seven years, according to Chris Pike, General Manager of Radisson SAS, Muscat.

Pike says with its natural resources, state-of-the-art conference facilities as well as efficient air and road networks, awareness of Oman as an high-end tourism brand is growing in Europe and throughout the GCC.

More inbound tour operators are setting up here, regional airlines are looking at increasing flights and international hotel chains are also opening new properties. These are clearly positive signs for Omans tourism industry, Pike said.

Growth will not just be in Muscat but the entire country and I expect the Sultanate to be a year-round tourist destination with visa-on-arrival facilities now available to travellers in over 60 countries.

Oman is only seven hours flying time away from most European cities, which makes it an ideal place for both holiday-makers and corporate guests.

Pike said that in 2005, hoteliers in particular enjoyed a strong profitable year with high occupancy rates and he expects the trend to continue.

Our occupancy increased about 17% in 2005 and our house-rates have also gone up by about 30%, added Pike.

Demand has grown from all ends of the market. We saw an increase in the number of GCC business travellers and a rise in European leisure guests. MICE business has also grown strongly and we averaged 95% occupancy in 2005.

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