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Oman tourism: 170% jump in visitors to Salalah


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Muscat: The number of visitors to Salalah during Khareef Season has grown by 170 per cent, standing at 203,171 visitors from June 21, 2014 through August 6, 2014, compared to 75,262 visitors during the same period last year, says the National Centre for Statistics and Information. 

Omanis made up 70.4 per cent  of the number of visitors, so far this year. According to the updated figures, 58,048 visitors flew to Salalah, with 51,235 on domestic flights and 6,813 on international flights, while the total number of visitors travelling to the Dhofar region by road stood at 145,123.

The NCSI revealed that the majority of visitors were GCC citizens, totalling 178,131, with 46,458 arriving via the airport, 41,235 domestically and 5,223 internationally, while 131,673 visitors arrived by road. 

Omanis comprised a majority of these visitors, at 143,099, while in second place were UAE citizens, at 25,923. This was followed by 5,035 visitors of other Arab nationalities.  

Meanwhile, the number of visitors from Asian countries stood at 18,205, with an additional 81 from Africa, 1,140 from Europe, 376 from America, 83 from Australia, 19 from New Zealand, and 101 among other nationalities.

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