MUSCAT: Three million people visited the Sultanate in 2016, with nationals from the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, Indians, Britons, Germans and Pakistanis forming the majority, according to the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).
Until the end of December 2016, 1,453,336 GCC nationals had visited the Sultanate, followed by 299,568 Indians. Britons accounted for 173,684 visitors in 2016 while Germans made up for 136,950,the rest 89,258 being Pakistanis. These five countries contributed the largest number of visitors to Oman.
Also, last year, 5.9 million visitors left the country.
In December 2016 alone, 276,000 visitors landed in the Sultanate, reflecting a 9.5 per cent increase, compared to last year when the number was 252,000.
The GCC nationals formed 31.4 per cent of the total visitors in December, followed by Indians, Britons and Germans who made up 12.3 per cent, 8.7 per cent and 5.5 per cent, respectively.
A 23 per cent increase in cruise ship visitors was recorded by the NCSI. Of these, 43,000 arrived by sea in December last year, compared to 35,000 during the same month in 2015.
A total of 35,287 Europeans formed the largest number from any region to have come via cruise ships in December 2016, compared to 26,670 during the same month in 2015. They were followed by Asians...Read more...