Tourism in Oman

Oman recorded a total of 2 million tourists in 2018, ranking 88th in the world in absolute terms.

That smaller countries regularly perform lower in a comparison of the absolute number of guests, is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Oman, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.46 tourists per resident, Oman ranked 94th in the world. In Western Asia, it ranked 9th.

Oman generated around 2.98 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 3.9 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 2 percent of all international tourism receipts in Western Asia.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 1,155 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Oman spend only around 856 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Development of the tourism sector in Oman from 1995 to 2018

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Oman each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all 18 countries in Western Asia.

Tourists per year in Oman

Revenues in tourism

In 1996, tourism revenues amounted to 193.00 million USD, or about 1.3 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 349,000 tourists at that time and roughly 553 USD per person. Within 22 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 2.98 billion USD, accounting for 3.7 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 1,293 USD for his holiday in Oman.

Tourism receipts in Oman per year

All data for Oman in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
1996349,000193.00 m $1.3 %553 $
1997376,000192.00 m $1.2 %511 $
1998424,000338.00 m $2.4 %797 $
1999503,000350.00 m $2.2 %696 $
2000571,000377.00 m $1.9 %660 $
2001829,000538.00 m $2.8 %649 $
2002817,000539.00 m $2.7 %660 $
20031.04 m546.00 m $2.5 %526 $
20041.20 m601.00 m $2.4 %503 $
2005891,000627.00 m $2.0 %704 $
20061.07 m749.00 m $2.0 %703 $
20071.22 m905.00 m $2.2 %740 $
20081.37 m1.11 bn $1.8 %805 $
20091.52 m1.09 bn $2.3 %718 $
20101.44 m1.07 bn $1.9 %744 $
20111.02 m1.52 bn $2.2 %1,488 $
20121.24 m1.72 bn $2.3 %1,388 $
20131.39 m1.89 bn $2.4 %1,356 $
20141.61 m1.97 bn $2.4 %1,223 $
20151.91 m2.25 bn $3.3 %1,177 $
20162.34 m2.39 bn $3.6 %1,024 $
20172.32 m2.72 bn $3.8 %1,173 $
20182.30 m2.98 bn $3.7 %1,293 $

All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.

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