Muscat, The number of visitors to Salalah during

the tourist season 2018, which was between June 21 and September

21, reached 826,376, recording a rise of 28.1% over the number of

visitors of the season in 2017, when it was 644,931, according to

statistics released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information

(NCSI).

About 94.4% tourists visited Salalah for recreational and

entertainment purposes, with their number reaching 779,703, which is

an increase compared to 604,774 in 2017. As many as 12,966 tourists

visited their relatives, families and friends; 23,281 were on business trip

and 10,426 visited for other purposes.

According to NCSI statistics, based on the results of the survey on

the number visitors of the Salalah tourist season 2018, the percentage

of GCC visitors, including Omanis, reached 90.6%, with their total

number at 748,515. It is a 29.9% increase over the number in 2017,

when it was 576,006. They were followed by 48,907 Asian tourists, a

significant increase compared to 44,801 in 2017 season.

The number of tourists from other Arab countries was 22,306, while

those from the European countries reached 4,293. The number of

tourists from other countries was 2,355.

As per the NCSI data, 77.1% of visitors were residents of the

Sultanate, reaching 637,320. This is a significant increase over 500,112

in 2017. The number of non-residents visiting Salalah tourism season

2018 reached 189,056, which is an increase compared to 1,819 visitors

in 2017.

The number of tourists who reached Salalah by land was 656,853,

which is an increase of 37.2% against 478,872 visitors in 2017.

According to the data, 169,523 tourists travelled to the Governorate

of Dhofar by air during the season, which is a rise of 2.1% compared to

2017, when it was 166,059. About 122,194 visitors reached Salalah

traveled by domestic flights and 47,329 through international flights.

The largest number of visitors to the Salalah tourist season came

during the period from July 1 to July 31, 2018, reaching 239,156. It was

followed by the period between August 1 and August 31, with the total

number reaching 372,998. The number during the period from June 21

June to June 30 was 36,456 and between September 1 and September

21 was 23,766.

Source: Oman News Agency