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Tourism boom: More than 1.6mn visit Oman’s top five attractions

Tourism boom: More than 1.6mn pay a visit to Oman’s best 5 attractions

Dhofar in khareef season (June 21-September 21) attracted the maximum quantity of guests at 826,376, a rise of 28.1 per cent more than the 2017 season at 644,931.

The subsequent 4 most visited attractions are the forts and castles, Jebel Akhdar, Wadi Bani Khalid and Ras al Jinz.

According to the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) 366,360 folks visited forts and castles final year compared to 319,163 in 2017, registering an boost of 14.eight per cent.

The quantity of vacationers who visited Jebel Akhdar in 2018 reached 226,487, a rise of 10.9 per cent.

The green mountains have emerged as 1 of the most-preferred tourist destinations especially in the course of the winter season.

The emerald pools of Wadi Bani Khalid, a significant tourist attraction for foreign vacationers, attracted 187,109, an boost of 15 per cent more than the prior year. The quantity of vacationers who visited the pools in the very first half of 2018 stood at 80,982. It integrated 21,540 Omanis, 215 Gulf nationals, 1,693 other Arabs and 57,534 foreign vacationers.

The quantity of domestic and foreign guests to the Ras al Jinz turtle reserve in the wilayat of Sur, South Sharqiyah reached 48,707 in 2018, a jump of four.7 per cent. Of these, the quantity of foreigners stood at 37,044 and domestic at 7,373. GCC guests stood at 1,498 although these from other Arab nations had been about two,061 amongst other people.

According to the National Centre for Statistics and Information, GCC guests, which includes Omanis, comprised 90.six per cent of the vacationers to Dhofar in khareef, with the total getting 748,515. It was a 29.9 per cent boost more than the quantity in 2017, when it was 576,006. They had been followed by 48,907 Asian vacationers, compared to 44,801 in the 2017 season.

Of the 366,360 folks who visited forts and castles, the ministry mentioned that 251,80 had been vacationers from distinct nations, 47,792 Omanis, eight,514 GCC nationals and 7,586 other Arab vacationers. The ministry mentioned that 23,397 college students visited forts and castles final year although the quantity of guests below the age of 12 was 27,991.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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