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Ras Al Khaimah reports record hotel occupancy in Q1

Overall visitor numbers to northern emirate rise 12% in Q1 compared to the same period in 2017

Ras Al Khaimah reports record hotel occupancy in Q1

Hotel occupancies in Ras Al Khaimah averaged 79.4 percent in Q1 2018, the emirate’s highest ever hotel occupancies in a quarter, according to officials from the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA).

The figures represent a 4 percent increase over the same period in 2017.

According to RAKTDA, overall visitor numbers rose 12 percent in the first quarter compared to 2017. This increase was largely driven by an 18 percent year-on-year increase in international visitors, which now account for 70 percent of all visitors in RAK.

Visitors from the UK and the Nordic countries were found to have gone up 18 percent and 26 percent, respectively, while visitors from Poland rose 46 percent and from the Czech Republic 34 percent.

Average length of stay in RAK increased to 3.7 days year-to-date, an increase of 4.5 percent from 2017.

RAKTDA also plans to increase the number of available rooms from 5,400 to over 10,000 by the end of 2020, of which 4,500 are already confirmed at locations including the Anantara Resort Mina Al Arab, the Avani Resort at Al Marjan Island and the Marriot Rak Beach at Al Ma’ereedh.

“We’ve had a strong start to the year which is important as we look towards our goal of 1 million visitors by the end of 2018 and 2.9 million by 2025,” said Haitham Matter, the CEO of RAKTDA. “Our hotel performance is a key indicator of our propensity to grow and with record hotel occupancies recorded in Q1 we need to continue our focus on meeting increased visitor demand with a broader range of accommodation."

Matter added that he believes that is still “is huge potential in the Emirate for entities looking to develop resorts, niche accommodation options and new tourism products.”

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