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Hotel occupancy levels in Ras Al Khaimah up by 18 per cent

Hotel occupancy rates in Ras Al Khaimah increased by 18 per cent in the first three months of 2016, compared to the same period last year, according to the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority. The emirate is looking to attract one million visitors by the end of 2018, and to do this, several developments are underway to provide more hotel rooms to keep up with demand.

Hotel occupancy levels in Ras Al Khaimah up by 18 per cent

Figures released by the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) have revealed that hotel occupancy rates in the emirate increased by 18 per cent year on year. During the first three months of 2016, hotel occupancy levels were at 71 per cent.

The figures are keeping in line with the tourism authority’s plan to attract one million visitors by the end of 2018. To keep up with demand, more than 3,000 rooms are planned across 12 hotels in Ras Al Khaimah by 2019. At present, there are more than 5,000 rooms in 41 hotels and resorts across the emirate, and year on year, there has been 9.2 per cent increase in revenue per room. Haitham Mattar, the CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, stated:

“As part of our tourism strategy to attract one million visitors to Ras Al Khaimah by the end of 2018, we place great importance on diversifying our source markets and creating sustainable tourism growth. We recently launched our new brand positioning which highlights Ras Al Khaimah’s natural assets, luxurious indulgence, range of activities for different types of travellers, and authentic Arabian heritage and culture.”

In the months between January and April, 2016, Ras Al Khaimah recorded a 37 per cent increase in visitors from India, the fourth largest international source market for the emirate. RAKTDA recently carried out campaigns and roadshows with Indian travel trade partners to attract more business and leisure visitors from India.

Until now, Ras Al Khaimah has been one of the lesser-known of the seven United Arab Emirates, with luxury destinations like Abu Dhabi and Dubai stealing the limelight. However, the small northern emirate is emerging as a leading tourist destination due to its increase of hotels and promotion of its magnificent natural wonders.

The emirate is a hotspot for adventure-lovers due its access to the beautiful mountains, red sandy desert, green plains, creeks and lagoons, and 64 kilometres of coast line with pristine white sandy beaches.

Conveniently located just 45 minutes from Dubai International Airport, RAK is an ideal destination for business travellers and leisure travellers, including those who love outdoor activities. Home to the highest mountain in the UAE, huge mountains, vast red sandy desert, green plains, creeks and lagoons, and 64 kilometres of coastline that is dotted with unspoilt white sandy beaches, the emirate is attracting more nature-lovers and adventure enthusiasts.

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