Small domestic tourism boost during Eid holidays

The domestic and inbound tourism got a small boost these holidays as residents and citizens decided to stay back in the country.  What would have influenced the decision is that most citizens and residents would have just returned from their summer breaks with schools now open for the new academic year.
The hot tourist spots in the country also received a number for visitors from the neighbouring countries, especially the UAE.
The Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve received 507 visitors on September 2, the third day of the holidays, and slight more number of visitors on the first and the second day of the holidays.
It may be noted that the turtle watching is allowed for only a few hours and the summer months are said to be ideal for turtle to lay eggs, according to experts.
The popular Wadi Bani Khalid witnessed a steady tourist flow of 3,026 tourists on September 3 and 2,282 visitors on September 1.
The tourist destination of hot springs in Nakhal saw around 350 visitors on the second day of Eid.
The Rustaq fort reported 100 visitors and the Nakhal Fort 185 visitors on the second of the Eid al Adha holidays.
On September 3 travel and tourism offices operated trips for 226 tourists from the port of Khasab in Musandam and for 864 tourists on Saturday September 2.
The number of visitors to Salalah until September 2 touched 619,683 compared to 612,502 visitors for the same period last year, a growth of 1.2 per cent.
The Jebel Akhdar Mountains reported 2,142 visitors on the first day of holidays and 3,948 visitors on the second day.
Tiwi and Wadi Sahab on the Muscat-Sur road also attracted a number of tourists from Oman and the neighbouring countries.

VINOD NAIR