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RAK TOURISM NEW STRATEGY

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RAS AL KHAIMAH TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITYUNVEILS THE EMIRATE’S NEW DESTINATION STRATEGY 2019-2021

  • New Destination Strategy aims to attract close to 1.5 million visitors to the Emirate by 2021
  • The new strategy will set out the vision and framework for growing tourism in the Emirate for the years ahead

Ras AlKhaimah Tourism Development Authority, today launched its new DestinationStrategy 2019-2021, which will build on the successes of the previous strategylaunched by RAKTDA in 2016.  In light ofthe current robust visitor demand, solid regional and internationalpartnerships in place, iconic asset and product launches executed over the pastfew years, Ras Al Khaimah is on a mission to further assert its position as thefastest growing tourism destination in the region, while showcasing its breadthof offer in regional and international target markets.

The new Destination Strategy 2019-2021 is set to implement best practices as per international standards to fuel a sustainable tourism-driven economic growth in Ras Al Khaimah. The strategic three-year programme will focus on diversifying the emirate’s tourism offering to attract a wider segment of tourists and higher yield visitors looking for authentic experiences, accelerating foreign and local investments within the tourism sector, nurturing home-grown small and medium enterprises to create further employment and business opportunities for RAK nationals, and prioritizing sustainable nature-based adventure and authentic cultural experiences.   

Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority said: “As our tourism offering evolves in Ras Al Khaimah, we must ensure our destination is attractive to travelers who wish to explore beyond the resorts and hotels. Our Tourism Strategy 2019-2021 is a comprehensive three-year programme that takes Ras Al Khaimah to the next level.  We’re delighted with the success our offering has had in our target markets to date, but with the new destination strategy we aim to diversify and enhance visitors’ experiences through differentiated product development. Another area of focus for us will be positioning and promoting Ras Al Khaimah in targeted international markets to attract higher yield customers all year round”.

“Under the guidance and directives of His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, the new Destination Strategy will also look at expanding tourism driven employment. By 2021 we aim to employ 10,000 more people into the tourism and hospitality sector and nurturing investment from small and medium businesses, which benefit the community. This will of course raise the overall competitiveness of the industry attracting more international and local investments therefore enabling an environment for sustainable growth” added Mattar.

One of Ras Al Khaimah’s key growth milestones in 2018 was the launch of Jebel Jais Flight- the world’s longest zipline on Jebel Jais, the highest mountain in the UAE. This put Ras Al Khaimah on the global map as it broke the world record and strengthened the emirate’s credentials as the fastest growing adventure tourism destination in the region. Another key factor in the growing popularity of the emirate was a calendar of world-class events, and the increase in international partnerships with travel trade through the opening of overseas offices and a series of trade roadshows throughout the year. The new Destination Strategy aims to build on this success and transform Ras Al Khaimah’s tourism industry into a sustainable driver of the economy.

Ras Al Khaimah has also identified supply of new hotel rooms as a major focus moving forward in order to support the increasing popularity of the destination with international and domestic tourists. The emirate is preparing to add 5,000 rooms to the 6,500 currently available with the confirmed introduction of major global brands including Marriott, Movenpick, Sheraton, Anantara, Rezidor, Intercontinental and Conrad over the next three years.

Over the next three years Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority will continue to create compelling offerings that combine the Emirate’s key promises:  pristine beaches; natural beauty; 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.