Salalah, The number of visitors to the Salalah

Tourist Season at the end of the sixth week (from June 21st till August

1st, 2018) reached 444,700 visitors to comprise an increase by 47.1

percent compared to the same period in 2017, which was 302,296.

The number of visitors increased by 16.9% to 143,892 compared to

123,080 visitors during the fifth week of the current season, according

to the latest statistics released by the National Centre for Statistics and

Information (NCSI).

NCSI Statistics showed that the number of visitors who arrived by

land during the end of the sixth week increased by 81% to 360,379

visitors, which comprised a rise by 58.7% compared to 227,114 visitors

during the same period of 2017. The number also showed an increase

of 18.5% to 122,073 from 102,979 visitors in the fifth week of the

current season.

A total of 84,321 visitors reached the Governorate of Dhofar by air,

an increase of 12.2% over the same period in 2017, which was

registered at 75,182 visitors.

The number of visitors by air increased by 8.5% compared to the fifth

week of the current season, with the number of arrivals on domestic

flights increasing from 14,762 visitors in the fifth week to 16,339 visitors

in the sixth week. The number of visitors arriving by international flights

reached 5,480 in the sixth week compared to 5,339 in the fifth week.

The tourists from Gulf region, including the Omanis, accounted for

93.5% of the total visitors to the Salalah Tourist Season during the sixth

week, reaching 415,578 visitors compared to 266,865 visitors during the

same period of 2017, which is a rise of 55.7%, followed by visitors

15,933 visitors of Asian nationality, down from 24,739 visitors during the

same period, which is a decrease of 35.6%.

Of the total number of visitors, 10,563 were from other Arab

countries, 1,642 from European countries, and 984 were from other

countries.

The statistics showed that 81.8%, or 117,713 visitors, during the sixth

week were residents of the Sultanate and 26,179 were non-residents.

Source: Oman News Agency