Expenditure of Khareef Salalah Tourists Rises to RO66 Million during 2017

The number of tourists during the Khareef

Salalah “Monsoon season” during 2017 marginally dropped by 1.2% to

644,931 tourists compared with 652,986 during the 2016 season.

However, the expenditure of the tourists increased to RO66 million

compared with RO65 million in 2016, according to the data released by

the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).

According to a survey conducted by the NCSI between 21 June

and 21 September 2017, average per capita expenditure increased

from RO101 per person in 2016 to RO103 per capita in 2017.

The occupancy level hit 35.3% of total tourism expenditure while

spending on shopping, transportation and entertainment was 22.4%,

food and drink comprised 22.6% of the total tourism expenditure.

In July and August, hotel revenue from food and drink in the

Governorate of Dhofar recorded the highest level with 82.6% and

70.8% respectively. Other revenues of the hotels increased in July and

August, reflecting a clear increase in tourists’ spending on other items.

In total, leisure and entertainment tourism was 90.8% which is

valued as RO60 millions of the total tourism expenditure in 2017.

Business tourism valued as 5.2% of total expenditure.

The total withdrawals from ATMs in the Governorate of Dhofar

during the Khareef season in 2017 was RO523.77 million, where peak

time for these withdrawals were during August with an estimated

amount of RO108.473 million, comprising an increase by 20.5% over

the previous month.

Since most of the visitors were families, which has an average size

of five persons, the preferred type of accommodations were apartments

and furnished houses, which led the total expenditure on this type of

housing to exceed RO48 million, comprising 73% of the total

expenditure of tourists on housing.

The number of nights spent during the Khareef season in 2017

were 4.350 million nights compared with 4.396 million nights during the

2016 Khareef season, with a decline of 1%.

The statistics show that Omani tourists’ nights were 78% of total

tourists’ nights compared with 77% during the 2016 season, comprising

a growth by 0.7%.

The GCC tourists, including Omanis comprised 89.3% of the

total tourists.

The number of Omani tourists stood at 458,579 which is 71.1% of

the total number of tourists, while the number of visitors from the

United Arab Emirates (UAE) hit 57,352, comprising 8.9% of total

tourists. The number of tourists from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

(KSA) stood at 39,115 comprising 6.1% of total tourists during Khareef

season in 2017.

The number of tourists from Qatar stood at 8,076 visitors,

comprising 1.3%, Kuwaiti tourists stood at 6612, comprising 1%,

Bahrain tourists were 6,672, comprising 1%, and other Arab tourists

stood at 16,616, constituting 2.6% of total tourists. Asian tourists were

44,801, comprising 6.9% while tourists of other nationalities were 7,508

constituting 1.2% of total tourists during the season.

Although, the main reason for the slight fall in the number of

visitors in 2017 was due to late onset of Khareef season and starting of

school year, the number of tourists in the season maintained annual

growth rate of 11.9% since 2015.

The tourism for entertainment purpose was 93.8% in terms of the

number of visitors while the rest 3.2% were for business and 2.3% for

visiting family and friends.

The number of tourists of Khareef season who came through land

routes were the highest compared to the visitors coming through

flights. The number of tourists who came through land routes stood at

478,872 which is 74.3% compared with 166,059 tourists who came

through flights comprising 25.7%.

Source: Oman News Agency