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WTM UPDATE: Oman announces new hotel openings, developments and attractions

Oman has highlighted a number of new and upcoming projects in the country.

With more than three million visitors in 2017, with 143,222 coming from the UK, the nation's tourism sector is booming. 

This year, numbers have continued to increase with the Sultanate seeing an 18% rise in UK visitor numbers for the first six months of 2018 compared to 2017. Oman is projected to attract 11.7 million visitors by 2040.

In March a brand new airport opened and new luxury hotels, including the Kempinski Hotel Muscat and the Ramada Hotel. There are also a number of tourism developments in the pipeline. 

Visitors from the UK can travel to the country with Oman Air, which flies direct to Muscat twice daily from London Heathrow and daily from Manchester.

New for 2019 is Swiss Belhotel's Muscat opening, which is part of the group's plan to expand in Oman to boost the market's mid-scale sector while four and five star hotels dominate the region. 

Also due to open next year is the Mall of Muscat-based in Mabellah. The mall will have 350 outlets including 200 shops with specialised international brands and a cine with 12 screens. The mall will also feature the largest aquarium in the Middle East, centred around education and marine conservation and 70 four star hotel apartments.

This month Oman is going to host one of the world's most extreme sporting challenges, a premium long-distance trail running event. The event will see an international field of 300 runners take on a non-stop rugged 137 km course over the mountainous terrain of Oman's Jebel Akhdar. The country's ideal winter season temperatures is making it an increasingly popular sports tourism destination.

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