9% fall in kha­reef vis­i­tors in the first six weeks: NCSI

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The num­ber of Omani vis­i­tors stood at 218,889 this year com­pared to 239,428 in 2016. There were 47,698 GCC tourists other than Oma­nis

Mus­cat - There has been a 9.3 per cent fall in the num­ber of vis­i­tors in the first six weeks of kha­reef sea­son at 301,991 till Au­gust 1, ac­cord­ing to statis­tics re­leased by the Na­tional Cen­tre for Statis­tics and In­for­ma­tion (NCSI).

Of the to­tal, 72.5 per cent were Oma­nis and there was an 8.6 per cent fall in the num­ber of Omani vis­i­tors com­pared to last year.

Vis­i­tors from GCC coun­tries ex­clud­ing Oma­nis stood at 15.8 per cent of the to­tal. Asians formed 8.2 per cent of the to­tal vis­i­tors at the end of sixth week.

Of the to­tal vis­i­tors, 75.2 per cent came by land routes and 24.8 per cent by flights. The num­ber of Omani vis­i­tors stood at 218,889 this year com­pared to 239,428 in 2016. There were 47,698 GCC tourists other than Oma­nis com­pared to 50,550 dur­ing the same pe­riod last year.

Vis­i­tors from other Arab na­tions stood at 8,020 com­pared to 8,229 last year. Vis­i­tors from Asian coun­tries de­clined to 24,720 this year from 32,951 last year while the num­ber of Euro­pean tourists in­creased to 1,625 this year from 1,199 last year.

Vis­i­tors from other na­tions also in­creased this year to 1,039 com­pared to 740 dur­ing the same pe­riod last year. The to­tal num­ber of GCC vis­i­tors un­til Au­gust 1 was 266,587 com­pared to 289,978 in 2016. Of the to­tal, 218,889 were Oma­nis, 27,064 from the UAE, 13,596 from Saudi Ara­bia, 2,286 from Bahrain, 2,420 from Kuwait and 2,332 from Qatar.

Tourists from other Arab na­tions stood at 8,020 this year com­pared to 8,229 last year. Of the to­tal, there were 993 Syr­i­ans, 1,646 Egyp­tians, 571 Jor­da­ni­ans, 314 Le­banese, 82 Tu­nisians, 315 Iraqis and 4,099 from other na­tions in the re­gion. Of the 24,720 vis­i­tors from Asian na­tions, 13,469 were from In­dia, 5,092 from Pakistan, 686 from the Philip­pines and 5,473 from other Asian coun­tries.

This year at the end of the sixth week there were 1,625 Euro­pean tourists com­pared to 1,199 last year. Of th­ese, 631 were from the UK com­pared to 515 vis­i­tors in 2016. There were 204 Ger­mans, 140 French and 54 Span­ish tourists among the Euro­peans. There were also 596 vis­i­tors from other Euro­pean na­tions com­pared to 388 last year.

From the Amer­i­cas, there were 630 vis­i­tors com­pared to 444 last year. Of the to­tal, 402 vis­i­tors were from the US, 127 from Canada and 101 from other na­tions in the re­gion. From Africa, there were 286 vis­i­tors this year com­pared to 172 last year, 122 from the Ocea­nia.

How­ever, there was a seven per cent fall in the num­ber of vis­i­tors dur­ing the sixth week this year com­pared to the same pe­riod of 2016.

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