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RAK hotels see 23% jump in occupancy during January

Hotels in the emirate also report a 10.3% year-on-year increase in revenue per available room

RAK hotels see 23% jump in occupancy during January

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has announced an increase of 23.7 percent in occupancy across the emirate's hotels and resorts for the month of January.

Figures for the first month of the year show that 2016 is off to a strong start for Ras Al Khaimah's tourism sector with hotels reporting increases across key performance indicators.

Compared to January 2015, hotels in the emirate reported a 10.3 percent year-on-year increase in revenue per available room (RevPAR), a statement said.

It added that the emirate's hotels reported an occupancy rate of 62.2 percent, up by 23.7 percent when compared to January 2015.

Ras Al Khaimah's top source markets were Germany, Russia, the UK, India and Finland, with visitors from Germany increasing by 167 percent compared to January 2015.

Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority said: "We finished 2015 with some fantastic results and already have a lot to be proud of this year - of course the hard work remains and we're looking forward to continuing to work with our public and private sector partners to deliver even better figures in the following months."

Last month, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority announced a 12.4 percent increase in total revenue in 2015 compared to the previous year.

According to figures, Ras Al Khaimah's rise in total tourism revenues was driven by a six percent increase in visitor numbers year-on-year to reach 740,383 in 2015.

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