MUSCAT: The number of visitors to the sultanate reached 390,000 until the end of February this year, a rise of 12 per cent compared to the same period of 2014, according to tourism indicators report issued by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).

These include 54,000 from the Gulf, followed by 18,396 from India, 17,976 from Germany and 14,888 from the UK.

The number of outbound tourists until the end of February reached 834,000, a rise of 13.6 per cent compared to the same period of 2014. ‘Of these, Omanis accounted for 64.7 per cent of the total tourists.’

The number of tourists arriving on cruise ships reached 27,600 during February. ‘Of these, Europeans (23,725) accounted for 85.9 per cent of the total visitors. Germans (10,772) topped the list constituting 39 per cent, followed by Italians (4,271) comprising 15.5 per cent.’

Meanwhile, the revenues of three, four and five star hotels registered a 1.2 per cent decline – RO18.37mn during February compared to RO18.60mn during the same period of 2014. ‘The number of guests touched 120,708 compared to 109,358, an increase of 10.4 per cent.’

NCSI statistics revealed occupancy in these hotels came down to 70.8 per cent, compared to 73.4 per cent, a drop of 3.5 per cent. ‘Europeans accounted for the maximum number of guests during February (49,926), followed by Omanis (33,073), and Asians (13,083).’

SOURCE: Muscat Daily