The number of visitors to Khareef Salalah by 12th week of this year registered a 0.4 per cent decline compared to the same period last year, according to the data released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).
The total number of visitors during June 21 to September 12 reached 638,119 compared to 640,775 during the same period in 2016.
Omanis formed 71.5 per cent of the total visitors by the 12th week of Khareef Salalah and 89.7 per cent of the total number of visitors were from the GCC nations including the Sultanate.
Of the total number of visitors during the 12th week, 60.4 per cent were residents of the Sultanate compared to 42.8 per cent last year.
There were 572,299 from GCC countries, registering a 0.8 per cent growth compared to 568,035 visitors.
The Asian tourists showed a 15.8 per cent decline to 43,366 compared to the 51,489 visitors last year, the data showed.
The travellers from other Arab nations also declined by 2.1 per cent to 16,093 compared to 16,445 in 2016.
Europeans touched 4,085 from 3,139 showing a growth of 30.1 per cent. Other nationalities reached 2,276 from 1,667 visitors.
Those who arrived by land reached 46.8 per cent, and revealed a 19.2 per cent growth in those arriving by air at 160,910 compared to 135,020. Of this, 117,904 arrived by domestic flights compared to 85,330, comprising a growth by 38.2 per cent.
As many as 43,006 arrived by international flights compared to 49,690 last year, showing a decline by 13.5 per cent.
A total of 477,209 visitors arrived by land route compared to 505,755, registering a 5.6 per cent decline, the data showed.
Compared with the 11th week this year, the total number was 33,358 visitors, showing a 75.8 per cent decline in the number of visitors during the 12th week to 8,065 visitors.
There was a 67.3 per cent decline in the number of visitors compared with 24,658 visitors during the 12th week last year.
Oman News Agency