Salalah, As many as 586,718 tourists visited

Salalah during the end of the seventh week (from 2 to 8August 2018)

of the Khareef “Monsoon season”. The arrival of tourists showed an

increase of 36.7 percent compared to the same period in 2017, which

was 429,349 visitors.

According to the latest statistics released by the National

Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), the number of visitors in

the seventh week decreased by 5.6% to 138,856 compared to 147,054

visitors during the sixth week of the current season.

NCSI Statistics showed that visitors arriving by land during the

end of the seventh week increased 81.5% to 478,306 visitors, which is

a rise of 44.2% compared to 331,699 visitors during the same period in

2017. The number also showed a decline of 8.4% to 114,765 visitors

from 125,235 visitors in the sixth week of the current season.

A total of 108,412 visitors reached Dhofar Governorate by air, an

increase of 11% over the same period in 2017, which registered at

97,650 visitors.

There was an increase of 10.4% in the number of visitors by air

in the seventh week compared to the sixth week of the current season,

with the number of arrivals on domestic flights increasing to 18,184

visitors in the seventh week from 16,339 visitors in the sixth week. The

number of visitors arriving by international flights reached 5,907 in the

seventh week compared to 5,480 visitors in the sixth week.

The statistics showed that 81.6%, or 113,317 visitors, during the

seventh week were residents of the Sultanate and 25,539 were non-

residents.

The tourists from GCC, including the Omanis, accounted for

94.4% of the total visitors to the Salalah Khareef season during the

seventh week, reaching 553,599 visitors compared to 389,834 visitors

during the same period in 2017, which is a rise of 42%. The number of

visitors of Asian nationality was 17,860, which is a decrease of 33.6%

from 26,898 visitors during the same period. Of the total number of

visitors, 12,166 were from other Arab countries, 1,926 visitors from

European countries, and 1,167 visitors were from other countries.

Source: Oman News Agency