Oman’s tourism sector is growing steadily, according to the UN World Tourism Organization’s annual report, released in mid-August. While other MENA destinations suffered losses in their tourism industry, Oman was able to add revenue in both 2011 and 2012, topping the $1 billion mark last year.
In 2012 tourism receipts were up by $100 million, rising from a healthy $996 million in 2011, and $300 million from 2010.
Tourism in Oman made up 7 percent of its GDP in 2012, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. Growth is expected to grow in this sector over the next few years, with a prediction of tourism making up 8 percent of GDP in 2013 and growing by 5.5 percent each year up until the year 2023.