Nearly 90,000 people visited Dhofar from July 30 to August 3 giving a huge boost to the hospitality sector in the governorate.
Till July 29 afternoon, altogether 294,823 people had visited Dhofar in the khareef season. And between July 30 and August 3, 88,679 people visited Oman’s southern governorate with the overall number touching 383,502 since the three-month khareef season began on June 21.
According to the National Centre for Statistics and Information’s (NCSI) annual statistical survey of the khareef season, Omanis constituted the highest number of visitors.
NCSI said, ‘The number of visitors to Salalah until the end of August 3 stood at 383,502 compared to 491,871 in the same period last year, a decline of 22 per cent. Of these, 75.2 per cent were Omanis, followed by Emiratis at 6.5 per cent and the rest GCC citizens at 8.7 per cent.’
Increase in hotel revenues
Three to five-star hotels in Dhofar governorate registered a 22 per cent increase in revenues in June this year compared to the same period of 2018.
‘There were 9,892 guests in these hotels in June registering an increase of 15 per cent compared to the same period of 2018,’ NCSI said.
The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has said there are 35 hotel establishments receiving tourists this season. ‘They have a total of 4,115 rooms with 6,132 beds,’ MoT stated.
MoT operates four information centres in Dhofar governorate at Hafeet checkpoint, Salalah Tourism Festival site, Gardens Mall and Salalah Airport. These centres provide visitors information about tourist attractions as well as booklets and maps.