1.3m tourists till end of May

Muscat: A total of 1.3 million visitors arrived in the Sultanate till the end of May 2017, according to the Tourism Index Report (TIR) released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI). Among the visitors, the highest number came from other GCC countries, India, Germany, the United Kingdom (UK) and the Philippines.
The total number of visitors during May 2017 stood at 191,000 compared to 128,000 in the same month in 2016.
Among the visitors, the highest number was from GCC touching 90,000 (47.4 per cent) in May this year.
Tourists from India, the UK and Philippines came in second, third and fourth places consecutively and formed 13.5 per cent, 4.8 per cent and 4.1 per cent respectively of the total number of visitors during May 2017.
The report revealed that 477,000 visitors departed from the Sultanate in May.
This was 1.7 per cent more than the same month in 2016. The Omanis accounted 64.5 per cent of the total number of departures from the Sultanate.
Two thousand visitors of cruise ships arrived in the Sultanate in May and there was a 70 per cent drop in the number of cruise ship visitors this year compared to same month in 2016, when it was 7,000 visitors.
Among the total number of visitors 99.6 per cent were Europeans and of that 92.8 per cent were Germans.
The hotel revenues (3-5 stars) reached RO 91 million till the month of May whereas for May alone the revenue was RO 14 million.
Total number of guests in 3-5 star hotels during May reached 109,000 compared to 129,000 during the same month last year.
In May, the total occupancy rate at 3-5 star hotels decreased to 50.9 per cent compared to 53 per cent occupancy rate for May 2016, which was a decrease of 4 per cent. — ONA

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