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

fourth week.

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

were recorded.

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

other countries.

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