Hospitality in Oman with Mehmet Tunç Müstecaplıoğlu

Hospitality in Oman with Mehmet Tunç Müstecaplıoğlu

A passionate hotelier, Mehmet Tunç Müstecaplıoğlu, area general manager of Orascom Hotels Management – Oman Hotels, strives to train managers and colleagues to take the next step and grow prosperously in their careers. In this exclusive interview, he shares his hospitality experiences in Oman. 


How did your career begin?

My journey began in the travel industry working with agencies, where I handled tour operator and ground-handling operations. Later, I transitioned into managing international chain properties spanning both Turkey and Egypt. Our hospitality portfolio also included hotels in Morocco and Greece. In 2015, I moved to Oman and joined Orascom Hotels Management, where I have been ever since.

What challenges are you facing in the industry?

Salalah is our primary market, and it continues to experience steady growth in terms of visitor numbers each year. We are actively seeking more support from airlines to increase their daily flights and overall connectivity to Salalah. As we witness an annual increase in flight options to Salalah, we anticipate continued substantial growth in this destination.

What sets your property apart from the competition?

In Salalah, we offer a fully integrated tourist destination, featuring three resorts with a room inventory exceeding 1,000 rooms, suites and apartments. Additionally, the destination boasts over 25 dining outlets, each offering a culinary experience from various corners. Furthermore, we provide extensive recreation facilities, including tennis and padel courts, volleyball, water sports activities, a spa, health centers and the Hawana Aqua Park.
Our property in Jebel Sifah, the Sifawy Boutique Hotel, caters to staycationers and those seeking a peaceful retreat. With four signature restaurants, a beautiful private beach and a property overlooking the picturesque marina, our guests can create lasting memories with their families and friends.

As the newly appointed area general manager at Orascom Hotels & Development (Oman), what are your plans for the property?

I have been part of Orascom Hotels Management since 2015, and during my tenure, we have undertaken significant initiatives, from expanding our room inventory to opening new F&B outlets. Our most prominent upcoming project involves completing the construction of an extension to our existing property, Fanar Hotel & Residences, adding 123 rooms to the current 577 rooms. This expansion will bring the total to 700 keys, the largest room inventory within OrascomWe are planning an official opening by the end of this year.


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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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