Published on : Wednesday, June 12, 2019
The number of foreign tourists visiting Oman in April went up by more than a third compared to the same period last year, according to figures by the National Center for Statistics and Information (NCSI).
There were 330,685 foreign visitors to Oman in April this year. The majority of the visitors were GCC nationals, with 152,249 visitors comprising 46 percent of the overall number of tourists in April this year, marking an increase of 41 percent.
There were 155,810 non-Arab visitors coming from across the world, with the majority coming from Europe, largely from Germany, the UK, Italy and Spain.
Oman saw 14,000 cruise ship visitors for the same time period. It was 53.7 percent more than the same month last year.
Number of hotel guests went up by nearly half from 134,000 in April 2018 to 199,000 in April, this year.
While the number of foreign tourists is on the increase, the country’s Omanization project has seen the expat population decline 2 million for the first time in two years.
This decline means that foreign residents now only account for 43 percent of the country’s overall population – the lowest in three years.