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Record 118,000 visitors to Ras Al Khaimah in August

Record 118,000 visitors to Ras Al Khaimah in August

Published: Wed 18 Sep 2019, 6:39 PM

Last updated: Thu 19 Sep 2019, 12:48 AM

The emirate of Ras Al Khaimah saw a record number of visitors amounting to 118,000, in August this year.
Raki Philips, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, said that more visitors are now choosing the UAE's northernmost emirate to visit and "enjoy its fascinating history, traditional culture, magnificent landscapes and world-class hotels and resorts."
Reports revealed that the emirate has witnessed a five per cent growth in overall visitor arrivals year to date, with the peak reaching 117,995 visitors in August 2019.
"An 8.4 per cent increase in domestic visitor arrivals has also been reported indicating a rise in the emirate's popularity as a preferred staycation destination amongst UAE residents," Philips said.
As for international markets Poland, Russia, India, Kazakhstan and Czech Republic have significantly contributed to the record-breaking number of visitors recorded month to date August 2019 "with growth percentages of 26.6 per cent, 25.3 per cent, 13.7 per cent, nine per cent and 8.3 per cent respectively.
Hotels and resorts here also reported a 3.7 per cent increase in occupied rooms, Philips stated. "This propels a 3.1 per cent growth in occupancy rates compared to the same period last year."
Earlier this year, a host of attractive summer offers have been announced as part of the emirate's ongoing destination marketing campaign - "Kids go Free" - which highlights the hidden gems, diverse attractions and adventures on offer across the emirate.
"We believe these efforts played a vital role in increasing the number of visitors during the summer period, especially with such a huge variety of accommodation options offering unbeatable deals for families as well as significant discounts on some of the emirate's key adventure attractions including the Jebel Jais Flight: The World's longest Zipline," Philips said.
"Over the next three years RAKTDA will continue to create compelling offerings that combine the emirate's key promises: pristine beaches; natural beauty, including the country's highest mountain peak - Jebel Jais - where temperatures are around 10 degrees lower than sea level; cultural heritage; excellence in hospitality and unrivalled experiences in order to attract close to 1.5 million visitors by 2021, and 3 million visitors by 2025," he said.
- ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com

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