Salalah vis­i­tor num­bers drop

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

The num­ber of vis­i­tors to Salalah dur­ing the first four weeks of the kha­reef sea­son, that be­gan on June 21, saw a de­cline of 26.7 per cent com­pared to the same pe­riod in 2016, ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics re­leased by the Na­tional Cen­tre for Sta­tis­tics and In­for­ma­tion (NCSI).

As on July 18, some 101,516 peo­ple had vis­ited Salalah. The to­tal num­ber of vis­i­tors fell to 41,152 in the fourth week com­pared to 55,612 dur­ing the same pe­riod last year. In the third week, the num­ber of vis­i­tors was 21,110.

While vis­i­tors from GCC na­tions fell by 19.3 per cent, Asia saw a de­cline of 31.4 per cent and other Arab coun­tries saw a fall of 4.1 per cent.

There was a 31.8 per cent in­crease in the num­ber of vis­i­tors from Europe and a growth of 22.1 per cent in vis­i­tors from other coun­tries.

How­ever, there was a com­bined 20.8 per cent fall in vis­i­tors dur­ing the pe­riod, ac­cord­ing to the NCSI data.

There was a 25.1 per cent growth in the num­ber of vis­i­tors who ar­rived on do­mes­tic flights while those ar­riv­ing on in­ter­na­tional flights saw a de­cline of 2.4 per cent. Those who ar­rived in Salalah by land routes too saw a 30.5 per cent de­cline.

Also, 54.3 per cent of the vis­i­tors were Oma­nis.

There were 30,816 Omani vis­i­tors by the fourth week of the fes­ti­val com­pared to 44,187 in 2016, a fall of 30.3 per cent. The num­ber of vis­i­tors of other na- tion­al­i­ties was 10,336 com­pared to 11,425 in 2016, a 9.5 per cent de­cline.

Of the to­tal num­ber of vis­i­tors, 37,078 were from GCC na­tions com­pared to 51,045 in 2016. Vis­i­tors from Asian coun­tries fell to 2,544 com­pared to 2,886 in 2016 while those from other Arab coun­tries de­clined to 1,182 against 1,278 last year.

There were 243 vis­i­tors from Euro­pean coun­tries com­pared to 256 in 2016 and 105 vis­i­tors from other na­tions com­pared to 146 last year, ac­cord­ing to the NCSI data.

The 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 the Royal Oman Po­lice.

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