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RAK inks deals with European tour operators to boost tourism

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority signs agreements for eight chartered flights per week from Germany, Poland

RAK inks deals with European tour operators to boost tourism

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has signed agreements with tour operators in Germany and Poland to welcome the first of many first chartered flights from the countries to the emirate.

The charter agreements will bring a total of eight additional flights into Ras Al Khaimah each week, seven from Germany and one from Poland, the government body said in a statement.

It said the joint initiative highlights the increasing demand for more flights to the emirate from potential visitors from both countries.

As a result of the agreement with Kurban Tours (Grayline UAE), one charter flight per week from Katowice, Poland to Ras Al Khaimah started last week for an initial period of six months.

The partnership with the FTI Group, and local ground agent Meeting Point Emirates, will bring seven flights a week into Ras Al Khaimah from Germany.

Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, said: "Ras Al Khaimah attracts visitors from a broad range of source markets around the world and we are increasingly investing our efforts in markets that offer high growth potential.

"Two of our focus countries are Poland and Germany and the new charter arrangements not only highlights our commitment to these markets but also highlights the increasing demand from travellers in both countries to visit our emirate.

"Germany is the second largest source market for the emirate and a market that we continue to focus on."

The new flights from Germany started on October 31 from the Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Hanover, Dresden and Leipzig.

To achieve target growth of 1 million visitors by 2018, the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority aims to develop the emirate's tourism infrastructure and establish Ras Al Khaimah as a world-class destination for leisure and business travel.

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