Salalah tourism festival off to a slow start

54.7% year-on-year drop in festival attendance during the first two days of the Khareef season

Tourism, Oman tourism, Salalah, Khareef, Khareef season

Salalah's tourism festival saw a 54.7% year-on-year drop in visitors during the first two days of the event. 

Figures from Oman's National Centre for Statistics and Information revealed that 3,958 people visited Salalah to mark the beginning of the Khareef season, compared to 8,729 visitors during the same period last year. 

According to the centre, Omanis accounted for 39.7% of the visitors, while UAE nationals accounted for 3.2% and the rest of the GCC nationals accounted for 13% of visitors over the two-day period.

According to data from the National Centre for Statistics, in 2018 the region recorded 826,376 visitors during the Khareef season, which runs from late June until late September.

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