RAK sees 35% increase in visitors from India

Announcement comes as RAK authorities visit India to promote the emirate

Gulf News

DUBAI

Indian visitors to Ras Al Khaimah grew by 35 per cent in the first three months of 2017, while the number of guest nights taken by Indian tourists grew 49.4 per cent in the same period when compared to the first quarter of 2016, according to a statement issued Thursday by the tourism board for Ras Al Khaimah.

The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), which develops the emirate’s tourism infrastructure and oversees its domestic and overseas promotions, conducted a media and trade roadshow in India this week to outline its 2017 strategy for the Indian market.

“As part of our vision to attract one million visitors to Ras Al Khaimah by the end of 2018, India will be an important contributor, and is currently our fourth largest international source market. We have seen a growing trend from Indian inbound tourism for short leisure stays, MICE [meetings, incentives, conferencing, exhibitions] and in the wedding sector. Our aim is to promote the full breadth of unique activities and events that can be enjoyed in the emirate, with a view to encourage Indian travellers to lengthen their stay in the destination.” said Haitham Mattar, CEO, RAKTDA, while addressing the press conference in Delhi, as per the RAKTDA statement.

During the delegations’ visit, RAKTDA announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) for a three-day convention to be held in Ras Al Khaimah in September 2017, the statement said.

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