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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI

Sharp increase in tourist traffic into Oman

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The number of travellers has risen sharply in the Sultanate of Oman with both inbound and outbound traffic witnessing significant growth, underscoring the strong recovery under way in the tourism sector.


In the first 11 months of this year, the number of visitors arriving to Oman reached 2.5 million till end-November 2022, while the visitors departing from Oman reached 4.7 million, according to National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) data.


According to the figures, GCC citizens were among the top nationalities that visited the Oman till November, followed by Indian, Yemeni, Pakistani and German citizens.


While 1.4 million people from the GCC visited Oman till November, there were 292,000 Indian, 98,000 Yemeni, 65,000 Pakistani and 57,000 German visitors.


A comparison of figures of November 2021 and November 2022 shows a remarkable increase of visitors. 273,014 visitors came to Oman in November 20222, compared to 111,432 in 2021. The figure also shows 43.18 per cent increase of GCC visitors and 22 per cent increase of Asian visitors to Oman.


Among the nationalities that visited in November 2022, GCC guests topped the list with 117,878 followed by Asians (60,095), Europeans (59,368), other Arabs (18,346), Americans (12,187), Africans (3,495) and Oceanians (1,645).


Meanwhile, the number of outbound visitors in November 2022 reached 390,464, a 39.9 per cent increase compared to November 2021 with 279,019. The figure also include 241,892 Omanis (compared to 168,576 in the same period last year) and 158,574 foreigners (110,442 in November 2021) departing from the country.


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