Muscat, As many as 300,456 tourists visited Salalah
during the first five weeks of Salalah Tourism Season between June
21st and July 25th.
The tourist arrivals surged ahead by 56.2 percent over the same
period in 2017, which was merely 192,392 visitors.
During the fifth week alone between July 19th till 25th, tourist
arrivals reached 122,728, registering a growth of 71.0 percent over
tourist arrivals in the fourth week when 71,760 tourists visited Salalah,
according to the latest statistics released by the National Centre for
Statistics and Information (NCSI).
According to NCSI, 79.2 percent (237,954) of tourists during the first
five weeks came by road, which shows a growth of 73.2 percent over
the same period of last year. The number of tourists came by road for
the same period in 2017 stood at 137,366. The number also increased
by 82.5 percent compared with the second week of the current season.
The number of tourists was 102,627 in the fifth week, which is a
considerable increase over 56,235 tourists who reached during the
Those who came to the Governorate of Dhofar by air for the first five
weeks of the current season touched 62,502, comprising an increase
by 13.6 percent over the same period in 2017, when 55,026 arrivals
When compared with the fourth week of the current season, the
number of arrivals by air increased by 29.5 percent. The number of
arrivals through domestic flights increased from 10,584 visitors in the
fourth week to 14,762 visitors in the fifth week. The number of arrivals
through international flights increased from 4,941 of fourth week to
5,339 in the fifth week.
The GCC nationals, including Omanis, were 91.8 percent of the total
tourist arrivals during the Salalah Tourism Season for the five-week
period. It reached 275,727, a substantial increase from 160,658 during
the same period in 2017. They are followed by the Asian tourists whose
numbers dipped from 22,646 of the same period in 2017 to 13,664 in
the current year.
The number of tourists from other Arab countries stood at 8,883,
while the number of European tourists was 1,352 and it was 830 from
The statistics also show that 82.8 percent to stood at 101,563
tourists during the tourism season during the fifth week were residents
of the Sultanate. In addition, the non-resident tourist arrivals touched
21,165 in the fifth week.
Source: Oman News Agency