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RAK posts double digit tourism boost during Eid holiday

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority says visitor numbers up by 10.7% compared to Eid in 2015

RAK posts double digit tourism boost during Eid holiday

Ras Al Khaimah has recorded a double digit growth in visitor numbers and guest nights during Eid Al Fitr compared to the corresponding period last year.

According to figures released by the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), 16,636 hotel guests were attracted during the July Eid weekend, generating 30,220 guest nights.

These numbers represent 10.7 percent and 17.4 percent increases, respectively, on the same period in 2015, it said in a statement.

"Ras Al Khaimah has positioned itself as a destination of choice for those across the globe and these results are a strong indication of the appeal of the emirate for travellers," said Haitham Mattar, CEO, RAKTDA.

Hotel occupancy during Eid Al Fitr reached 86.6 percent, 10.6 percent higher than in 2015, while revenue per available room (RevPAR) grew by 12.7 percent over the same period.

Mattar added: "Ras Al Khaimah is a year-round tourist destination, and we have worked closely with our industry partners to promote the emirate's offering and optimise visitation during the summer months and beyond.

"As well as mountain and adventure activities, summer visitors can partake in night time golf, relax and rejuvenate in a range of luxury spas, enjoy world class hotel facilities for all ages, and engage in numerous authentic Arabian experiences across the emirate, or go star gazing at the Banyan Tree Al Wadi."

The UAE market continues to be an important source market for Ras Al Khaimah's tourism growth, with more than half (56.5 percent) of guests staying in the emirate during Eid Al Fitr were UAE residents. Indian, Egyptian, British and German visitors are also in the top five source markets during the festive weekend, totalling 18.5 percent of total guests.

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