Double-digit tourism growth for Ras Al Khaimah
Ras Al Khaimah is on track to surpass its annual visitor target after the emirate’s hotels reported a 10 per cent year-on-year increase in international guest arrivals during the first six months of 2017.
The figures were reealed by Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), which develops the emirate’s tourism infrastructure and initiates its domestic and overseas promotions.
In addition to double-digit year-on-year growth in guest arrivals during H1, average hotel occupancy jumped to 72.7 per cent – an increase of 4.7 per cent on the corresponding six-month period in 2016.
Robust H1 growth was posted across all key performance indicators with total Guest Nights up 17.7 per cent, Average Length of Stay increasing by 10.5 per cent to 3.9 days from 3.5 days last year, and Room Revenue increasing by 13.3 per cent.
The H1 results also include a significant year-on-year boost in monthly figures for June as hotels reported a 27 per cent year-on-year increase in guest arrivals. The Holy Month of Ramadan also saw a significant surge in visitor arrivals, with the emirate’s hotels reporting a 37.6 per cent year-on-year increase compared with the corresponding period last year.
With Ras Al Khaimah targeting 900,000 visitor arrivals during 2017, the emirate has already recorded half-year guest arrivals of 390,499 between January and June – up 6.5 per cent on H1 arrivals last year.
Haitham Mattar, CEO of RAKTDA, believes the ‘best-ever’ H1, Ramadan and June figures put the emirate in a solid position to optimise the traditional peak season of late summer and Q4.
“While our excellent H1 results highlight continued year-on-year growth in Ras Al Khaimah’s visitor numbers, it is the Ramadan and June results that are particularly promising,” he said.
“Our best-ever figures during these typically lower periods of occupancy are a direct result of strategic initiatives and promotional activities undertaken in domestic and international source markets – we are thrilled to see those efforts to boost summer numbers bearing immediate fruit.”
The successful Ramadan and June figures follow RAKTDA launching a dedicated summer campaign called ‘Feel Free this Summer’ in April. Aimed at the UAE market and key international source markets, the campaign runs until the end of September and leverages the emirate as an ideal summer holiday destination.