Ras Al Khaimah sees huge surge in tourists from Oman

Times of Oman - - OMAN -

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MUS­CAT: Ras Al Khaimah recorded a 148.1 per cent year-onyear in­crease in tourist ar­rivals from Oman, ac­cord­ing to data re­leased by the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (RAKTDA).

The emi­rate, lo­cated 400km from Mus­cat, saw more than 609,000 in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors in 2017. Of them, 16,772 orig­i­nated from Oman, which held a 2.8 per cent mar­ket share of the to­tal num­ber of vis­i­tors to Ras Al Khaimah last year.

How­ever, ar­rivals from Oman had the sec­ond high­est year-onyear growth rate at 148.1 per cent, be­hind only ar­rivals from Poland, whose num­ber grew year-on-year by 160 per cent. In a state­ment on the of­fi­cial web­site, RAKTDA CEO Haitham Mat­tar said, “Ras Al Khaimah is one of the re­gion’s fastest grow­ing tourism des­ti­na­tions and whilst we em­brace this growth, it’s fun­da­men­tally im­por­tant that we re­tain a po­si­tion of des­ti­na­tion sus­tain­abil­ity.”

Ger­mans con­sti­tuted the largest num­ber of vis­i­tors by na­tion­al­ity, tak­ing a 14 per cent mar­ket share. They were fol­lowed by Rus­sians (11.7 per cent), Bri­tons (9.3 per cent), and In­di­ans (8.4 per cent).

“We have made some great strides as part of our Des­ti­na­tion 2019 strat­egy, but as we plan for the fu­ture we want to take the next step and guide the de­vel­op­ment of tourism in the run-up to 2030,” said Mat­tar.

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