Delay in rain fails to dampen spirits of hotel owners in Salalah
A delay in rain this year in Salalah has not dampened the spirits of various hotels owners.
The area got its first rain of the season only last week and has since received only scant rainfall.
Salalah gets maximum visitors in the khareef season during which it receives a lot of rain.
However, hotel operators are positive and said since the start of July, bookings have picked up.
Rejin Thomas, director of sales, Crowne Plaza Salalah said, “The delay in rain is normal and there is nothing to panic. The bookings were a bit slow initially, but now it has started picking up. The weather is quite pleasant now and we expect that the bookings will increase by the middle of July.”
He added that as part of khareef season hotels have planned several activities such as theme nights to draw more people.
An official from the Qatbit Hotel agreed. “For Salalah khareef means rain. But delay in monsoon has slowed down bookings. We are hoping people to start visiting after July 15. Though the weather is pleasant, we are still waiting for heavy showers.”
However, some hotels have said that delay in rain hasn’t really affected them.
Fifty per cent of the rooms are booked at Haffa House and the Samahram Tourist Village.
An official from the reservation desk said, “We have only 20 rooms left now. People know that monsoons will hit soon and though there is a delay in rain they don’t want to take the risk of losing out on accommodation.”
Khareef season in Salalah begins from June 21 and ends on September 21.