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
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
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