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 Oman’s Tourism Recovering Fast

Oman welcomed 32,570 Indian tourist arrivals in May 2022. A total of 13,481 Indian travelers visited Oman in January 2022, compared to 7,340 in January 2021. In the following months, February recorded 15,664 visits (up from 10,333 in February 2021), March 22,938 (up from 18,623 in March 2021), and April 24,881 (a sharp rise from 5,919 in April 2021).

The National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) has released a monthly report on tourist indicators for April 2022 revealing that 577,000 tourists had visited Oman, while 1.2 million left the nation by the end of April 2022. Oman received travellers from GCC nations, India, Yemen, Germany, and United Kingdom by the end of April 2022.

According to the survey, three to five-star hotels generated a revenue of OMR 60 million by the end of April from 511,000 tourists, indicating an 86.3 per cent increase over April 2021. In April 2022, the total occupancy rate in hotels was 31.6 per cent, with 82,000 guests, as compared to 39 per cent in April 2021, a decline of 18.9 per cent. In contrast, 75,000 visitors visited during the same month in 2021, a rise of 9.7 per cent.

In April 2022, there were a total of 245,799 outbound visitors, compared to 81,821 tourists in April 2021. According to the report, Omanis had the highest number of outbound travellers, with 126,200 (compared to 28,071 in 2021), followed by 119,599 foreigners (compared to 53,751 in April 2021).

In April 2022, 245,799 tourists departed Oman, with locals accounting for 51.3 per cent of the total outgoing visitors. As compared to the corresponding period in 2021, the number of tourists leaving Oman increased by an estimated 163,978 in April 2022. Similarly, those departing Oman increased by 98,000 visitors in April 2022 as against the same period in 2021.

The total number of visitors arriving in Oman in April 2022 was 163,000, an increase of 12 times over the previous year's inbound tourists of 13,000 visitors. There were 74,111 Gulf tourists in April 2022, accounting for 45.5 per cent of all inbound visitors.

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