Salalah, The number of visitors to the Salalah

Tourism season at the end of the 11th week (21 June 30 to September

5, 2018) reached 811,170. The arrival of tourists increased by 28.7

percent compared to the same period in 2017, which was 630,234.

According to the latest statistics released by the National Centre for

Statistics and Information (NCSI), the number of visitors fell by 74.3%

to 14,314 compared to 55,670 visitors during the tenth week of the

current season.

NCSI Statistics showed that the number of visitors who arrived by

land during the end of the 11th week reached 80.4% to 652,095

visitors, which is a rise of 37.7% compared to 473,614 visitors during

the same period of 2017. The number also showed a drop of 81.4% to

8,402 from 45,209 visitors in the 10th week of the current season.

A total of 159,075 visitors reached the Governorate of Dhofar by air,

an increase of 1.6% over the same period in 2017, which was

registered at 156,620 visitors.

The number of visitors by air dropped by 43.5% compared to the

10th week of the current season, with the number of arrivals on

domestic flights decreasing from 7,928 visitors in the 10th week to 4,41

visitors in the 11th week. The number of visitors arriving by international

flights also fell by 41.9% to reach 1,471 in the 11th week compared to

2,533 in the previous week.

The tourists from Gulf region, including the Omanis, accounted

91% of the total visitors to the Salalah tourism season during the end

of 11th week, reaching 738,053 visitors compared to 566,303 visitors

during the same period of 2017, which is a rise of 30.3%. The number

of visitors of Asian nationality reached 46,668, which is an increase of

10.2% against the same period last year, when it was 42,348.

Of the total number of visitors, 20,876 were from other Arab

countries, 3,503 from European countries, and 2,070 were from other

countries.

The statistics showed that 76.6%, or 10,963 visitors, during the 11th

week were residents of the Sultanate and 3,351 were non-residents.

Source: Oman News Agency