Friday, April 14, 2017

RAK sees 35pc growth in Indian tourists in Q1

Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE has seen a 35 per cent growth in Indian visitors during the first quarter of 2017, thus making India the fourth largest market for the emirate, a report said.

The emirate is attracting families for MICE and wedding travels into the city, Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al-Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), was quoted as saying in an Emirates official news agency WAM report.

The average length of stay of Indian guests in the first quarter of 2017 grew by 10.6 per cent.

Year-on-year, India has continued to remain one of the most significant sources of visitors, accounting for eight percent of total visitors to the emirate last year, Mattar said.

The Outbound Tour Operators Association of India, OTOAI, will hold its three-day 2017 Convention in Ras Al-Khaimah on September 12, according to an agreement signed with the RAKTDA, the report said.

The number of guest nights taken by Indian tourists grew to 49.4 percent in the same period compared to the first quarter of 2016, according to the RAKTDA.

Ras Al-Khaimah hosts an array of natural landscapes that appeal to all kinds of visitors, whether it is beach-lovers, active adventurers or wellness seekers. Most hotels offer Indian cuisine and water sports that offer a romantic view of marine life, including flamingos, turtles and more.

The place will also soon feature the world’s longest zip line, an observation deck and luxury mountain camp, and will also launch cycling and hiking routes across the emirate, with a focus on Jebel Jais, the UAE’s highest mountain peak.

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