VISITOR NUMBERS AT POPULAR TOURIST SPOTS CROSS 287,000

MUSCAT: The Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve, Jebel Akhdar, Wadi Bani Khalid and several forts and castles have received 287,030 people till the end of July, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has said.

The numbers were good during the Eid al Adha holidays, too. MoT figures show that 60,093 people visited the springs in Wadi Bani Khalid, 83,995 visited Jebel Akhdar, 17,576 visited the turtle reserve while 125,366 visited citadels and forts.

The wilayat of Bani Khalid in North Sharqiyah witnessed increased tourist inflow during the Eid al Adha holidays, as people also took advantage of the fall in temperature. People also visited the Muqal tourist village, the water springs and the Muqal Cave. Ras al Hadd village in Sur, South Sharqiyah, too witnessed significant tourist activity during Eid, with hotels reporting high occupancy rates.

Badr al Sinani, director of the Ras al Jinz Museum at the turtle reserve said, “Visitor turnout during Eid holidays has exceeded our expectations. It has also exceeded the resort’s capacity to reach 200 visitors per night.

The same applies to the turtle reserve in Ras al Hadd. The two nature reserves accommodated the large numbers.” Aref al Sariri, an official at Alila Jabal Akhdar said, “The occupancy rate during the Eid al Adha holidays reached nearly 100 per cent. In general, the season has witnessed a large visitor turnout.”

Said bin Khamis al Khatri, an official from the Jebel Shams Resort said business has been good since the beginning of this year. “The last few months have witnessed a gradual increase in visitor numbers to tourist destination. A majority of visitors were from GCC countries, Europe, in addition to Omani citizens and residents,” he said.