British travellers could get a better deal on their next holiday by choosing a long-haul destination such as Oman over resorts in the Mediterranean.
According to research undertaken by price comparison website TravelSupermarket, parts of the Middle East including, Oman, Abu Dhabi and Dubai currently offer cheaper holiday options than traditionally favoured resorts in western Europe.
For example, a seven-night package during May half-term flying Heathrow to Muscat, including three-star accommodation, is available for £412 per person. A comparable deal in a Spanish resort could end up costing a family of four hundreds of pounds more.
Emma Coulthurst, travel expert for TravelSupermarket, said: “Many Spanish hoteliers have been putting up their prices following a bumper years in 2016 and 2017. This year, package holiday prices to Spain tend to be higher than many other short-haul options — across the summer, prices are coming up cheaper to Turkey, Italy and France than Spain.
“Also, the euro exchange rate means you don’t get as much holiday spending money for meals out and attractions. And even if it has at last been improving over the last week, there is no knowing how it will be as Brexit negotiations continue this year.”
Figures released last year by Oman’s National Centre for Statistics and Information revealed 2.7 million tourists travelled to the country in the 10 months to the end of October 2017. More than 141,000 of those came from the UK.
A sustained push is underway to promote Oman as one of the world’s leading tourist destinations, backed by a new campaign from the Sultanate’s tourism ministry.
A new website, www.experienceoman.om, launched at the end of 2017 with the aim of providing prospective tourists with a one-stop-shop for information on visiting Oman.
Main image: Muttrah seafront, Muscat ©Mostafa Meraji