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Ras Al Khaimah says tourist numbers up 14% during Q3

Tourism authority says emirate welcomed nearly 200,000 visitors in the third quarter as it targets 1m annually by 2018

Ras Al Khaimah says tourist numbers up 14% during Q3

Tourist numbers to Ras Al Khaimah rose by 14 percent during the third quarter of 2015 compared to the year-earlier period, according to Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority.

Latest statistics showed that the emirate welcomed nearly 200,000 visitors in the third quarter, with record growth across key indicators including hotel guests, room revenues, F&B revenues and occupancy rates.

Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority said: "These figures are extremely encouraging as we work towards our target of one million visitors by the end of 2018.

"We continue to nurture growth from our top five source markets, including the UAE, Germany, UK, Russia and India. As the destination gains global appeal, we plan to steadily diversify our source markets through strategic global partnership with leading industry stakeholders, repositioning the emirate on the world tourism stage."

Compared to the same period in 2014, hotels in the emirate reported significant growth in total revenues of AED36.7 million, up by 22 percent on Q3 2014.

Hotels also reported a 14 percent increase in occupancy rates, up from 51 percent to 58 percent and a record increase in room revenues of 31 percent to AED123.7 million.

Revenue per available room (RevPAR) rose by 36 percent to AED289.91 while average daily rate grew by 19 percent.

"As the emirate continues with its expansion plans to meet ambitious growth targets, we continue to diversify our rich offering through developing retail, dining, cruise, entertainment, and MICE facilities, to further build Ras Al Khaimah's position as a leading destination for business and leisure," said Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah TDA.

Year-to-date, the UAE remains a key source market for Ras Al Khaimah at 49 percent while Germany remains the number one international inbound market with the UK moving up to second place overtaking Russia for international visitors.

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