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200,000 tourists visit Ras Al Khaimah in Q3: RAK TDA

Occupancy rates increased by 14 per cent and room revenues grew by 31 per cent from last year

The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAK TDA) announced a 14 per cent increase in the number of visitors to the emirate during the third quarter of 2015 compared with the same period last year.

According to the statistics, Ras Al Khaimah received 200,000 visitors during the third quarter, making it one of the fastest growing emirates. The statistics are based on indicators such as hotel occupancy and revenues of hotel rooms as well as food and beverage revenues and occupancy rates during the year, Al Bayan reports.

Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, said: “The figures are very encouraging for us as we aspire to reach one million tourists by the end of 2018. We are witnessing a continued growth in the number of visitors that we received from five important countries for us, which are United Kingdom, Germany, Russia and India, as well as visitors from across the UAE.”

Ras Al Khaimah aims to attract a diverse tourist base by developing a strategic partnership plan with the most important tourism institutions around the world to draw new landmarks for the emirate’s tourism within the global tourism map.

Compared with the same period of 2014, reports from the hotels in the emirate recorded a significant increase in the total revenue by AED36.7m, up by 22 per cent from the third quarter of 2014. Meanwhile occupancy rates increased by 14 per cent and room revenues grew by 31 per cent, equivalent to AED123.7m.

“We are witnessing a great economic growth thanks to the directives of His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, the ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, and we are seeking new and unique opportunities in the areas of trade and tourism,” Haitham Mattar adds.