Hospitality sector will boost the economy
Published: 10/04/2017 12:00 pm
GM , Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts
Tourism is set to be one of the key pillars for economic growth in the Sultanate in the coming decades. Having hotels of quality, opening soon will help tens of thousands of visitors to truly discover Oman’s beauty and return home with lasting memories of this destination. One of the topics of discussion at the recent Tanfeedh workshop was about hosting tourists and ways to improvise the logistics towards making travel and stay in Oman, a pleasure. The new airport will compliment Oman’s tourism and hospitality sector; however visa restrictions could still be a challenge.
Muscat remains a highly attractive tourist destination within the Gulf – and investors have taken note despite the general market which is feeling the burden of economic challenges. There is anticipation that the significant increase in hotel rooms could result in a tough competitive market, while on a positive note there is an increase in choice for customers. We expect this will help to drive the continued growth in the tourism and hospitality sector.
InterContinental Hotels Group with its 6 properties in the Sultanate of Oman comprising of the InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn hotels, is striving hard towards delivering the best in terms of quality, service and facilities despite the competition. As a whole, all stakeholders in the hospitality sector are driving in the same direction towards boosting the Oman economy, whilst providing job opportunities and development to young Omani nationals and sustaining the conscientious expatriate workforce in the industry. Nevertheless, there are concerns with the private sector investments in the hospitality industry, due to new and changing regulations in tourism. There needs to be more clarity on recently introduced taxes, fees and contribution which are currently under discussion, as it could make investors think twice.
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