Over 21,000 visit Salalah in the khareef season
The number of visitors to Salalah during the first three weeks of khareef Season that began on June 21 saw a decline compared to the same period in 2016.
Statistics released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) show that the total number of visitors fell to 21,110 as on July 11, compared to 51,776 during the same period last year.
As many as 7,231 people reached Salalah by flights as against 13,879 who arrived by land routes. A majority of them 5,341 arrived on domestic flights, while international carriers brought in 1,890 visitors.
However compared to last year, arrivals by flights showed a 20.1 per cent increase compared to a decline of 27.8 per cent of visitors who arrived via land routes.
Of the total number of visitors, 17,908 were from GCC nations compared to 28,658 in 2016.
Visitors from Asian countries fell to 1,884 compared to 20,413 in 2016, while those from other Arab countries declined to 973 compared to 2,148 last year.
There were 223 visitors from European countries compared to 340 in 2016 and 122 from other nations till the third week of the season compared to 217 last year. Of the total number of visitors, 14,628 were Oman residents, while 6,482 arrived from abroad.
The Khareef Salalah 2017 Visitors Survey, which started on June 21 will continue till September 21. The survey is being carried out for the 14th successive year, in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and ROP.