1.3mn vis­i­tors ar­rive in the sul­tanate

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Mus­cat - A to­tal of 1.3mn vis­i­tors ar­rived in the sul­tanate till the end of May 2017, ac­cord­ing to the Tourism In­dex Re­port (TIR) re­leased by the Na­tional Cen­tre for Sta­tis­tics and In­for­ma­tion (NCSI). Most vis­i­tors came from other GCC coun­tries, In­dia, Ger­many, the United King­dom and the Philip­pines.

The to­tal num­ber of vis­i­tors dur­ing May 2017 was 191,000. The num­ber of vis­i­tors dur­ing the same month in 2016 was 128,000. Among the vis­i­tors, the high­est num­ber was from GCC touch­ing 90,000 in May.

The re­port re­vealed that 477,000 peo­ple de­parted from the sul­tanate in May. This was 1.7 per cent more than what was reg­is­tered in the same month in 2016. The de­par­tures of Oma­nis formed 64.5 per cent of the to­tal num­ber in May.

Two thou­sand vis­i­tors ar­rived in cruise ships in May and there was a 70 per cent drop in the num­ber of such vis­i­tors this year com­pared to the same month in 2016, when it was 7,000. Among the to­tal num­ber of visi- tors 99.6 per cent were Euro­peans. Of these 92.8 per cent were Ger­mans.

Ho­tel rev­enues (3-5 star ho­tels) reached RO91mn till the end of May. In May alone, the rev­enue was RO14mn. The to­tal num­ber of guests in 3-5 star ho­tels in May reached 109,000 com­pared to 129,000 dur­ing the same month last year. In May, the to­tal oc­cu­pancy rate in 3-5 star ho­tels de­creased to 50.9 per cent com­pared to 53 per cent oc­cu­pancy in May 2016.

Ho­tel rev­enues (3-5 star ho­tels) reached RO91mn till the end of May. In May alone, the rev­enue was RO14mn

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