Win­ter tourism sea­son in Dho­far a huge suc­cess

Times of Oman - - OMAN -

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MUS­CAT: The just-ended win­ter tourism sea­son in Dho­far was a huge suc­cess, with more than 44,000 vis­i­tors ar­riv­ing by direct flights from Europe and the oc­cu­pancy rates of many five and four star ho­tels shoot­ing up, ac­cord­ing to the gover­norate’s Di­rec­tor­Gen­eral of Tourism, Marhoon bin Saeed Al Ameri.

The sea­son—Oc­to­ber 2017 to the end of April 2018—saw the oc­cu­pancy rate of the Rotana Re­sort and the Salalah Beach Re­sort at 93 per cent, the Crown Plaza Salalah at 80 per cent, the Mar­riott at 71 per cent and Al Baleed Salalah Anan­tara at 57 per cent. In the four-star cat­e­gory, the oc­cu­pancy level reached 91 per cent in the Juweira Ho­tel, 54 per cent at the Hil­ton Salalah, and 66 per cent at the Salalah Gar­dens.

Al Ameri said the Tourism Min­istry was al­ways keen to make win­ter tourism a suc­cess and had been work­ing on it for a long time by hold­ing ex­hi­bi­tions and par­tic­i­pat­ing in events in var­i­ous coun­tries, par­tic­u­larly in Europe.

He said data from the ho­tels showed that the largest pro­por­tion of tourists vis­it­ing Dho­far dur­ing win­ter was from Europe.

Al Ameri said more than 25,000 tourists came via cruise ships, which docked at the Salalah port.

He said the win­ter sea­son of Dho­far gover­norate was unique be­cause it had a large num­ber of tourist groups com­ing from Europe. The num­ber of Euro­pean tourists who ar­rived be­tween Oc­to­ber 2017 and May 2018 was 44,420. Th­ese groups had a huge pos­i­tive im­pact on win­ter tourism in the gover­norate, en­rich­ing ho­tel es­tab­lish­ments and other eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity in the area.

Al Amri said that the tourists vis­ited many places, in­clud­ing the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites of Al Baleed, the Land of Frank­in­cense Mu­seum, Samhram and tra­di­tional mar­kets. They also went to some nat­u­ral sites such as places where frank­in­cense trees grow, the desert known as the Empty Quar­ter, or “Rub Al Khali” in Ara­bic, and coral reefs.

THUMBS UP: More than 44,000 vis­i­tors ar­rived by direct flights from Europe.

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