Salalah tourism upbeat on khareef

MUSCAT, May 30 – Travel and tourism industry sources feel that the recent adverse weather conditions will not have much impact on tourism in Salalah, especially during upcoming khareef season. Timely and accurate warnings on the progress of the tropical situation helped hotels, especially beach resorts, to take preventive measures and save human lives and minimise material damage. “I don’t think people who have made plans to visit Salalah during Eid al Fitr holidays or khareef will think differently now. Foreign tourists, especially from the West, generally follow travel advisories and there have been none to discourage them from visiting Salalah,” said an official from the holiday division of an airline operating from Salalah.

There are concerns over whether most of the properties will be fully operational around that time and many roads are to be repaired. Officials at the Ministry of Tourism have indicated that some hotels have reported damages, especially to lawns and other outdoor facilities, but most of the properties are still welcoming guests. Also a couple of hotels are expected to be launched this year. Work will be carried out to restore road links, which has been affected in some places. Sources at Fanar and Salalah Rotana told the Observer that they are functioning normally, while Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah has re-opened and welcomed the first guests on Monday. Online bookings for Hilton Salalah Resort shows room availability from June 14.

Vinod Nair