UAE World Tourism Day Conference hosted by RAKTDA

More than 300 attend UAE World Tourism Day conference hosted by Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority CEO Haitham Mattar with European Network for Accessible Tourism president Ivor Ambrose.
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority CEO Haitham Mattar with European Network for Accessible Tourism president Ivor Ambrose.

More than 300 attend UAE World Tourism Day conference hosted by Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority.

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) hosted the annual UAE World Tourism Day conference for the second year in a row, according to an official statement.

The conference addressed the key needs of family and elderly travellers, aligning with UNWTO’s World Tourism Day – under the theme ‘Tourism for All – Promoting Universal Accessibility’.

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The half-day UAE World Tourism Day Conference, held at the Al Marjan Island Convention Centre, saw keynote addresses from HH Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah and His Excellency Mohammad Al Muhairi, Undersecretary to UAE Minister of Economy who spoke about the important contribution of tourism to Ras Al Khaimah and the UAE.

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority CEO Haitham Mattar said: “World Tourism Day is an annual UNTWO organised event, which aims to promote responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. As well as marking the celebrations with an informative and insightful conference, we decided to go a step further this year and put words into action.

"Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has today strengthened its commitment to deliver Tourism For All by signing the Accessible Tourism Code of Good Conduct. This code was developed by the European Network of Accessible Tourism (ENAT) – represented today by one of our keynote speakers Ivor Ambrose. Over the next three years, we will commence the journey to honour our commitment to this code by establishing accessible tourism products and practices in the emirate.”

The conference also served as an opportunity for RAKTDA to demonstrate the emirate’s capabilities in staging meetings: “We have a superb range of venues as well as the expertise to service the high value MICE sector and are building a credible reputation as an exciting alternative for business conferences and corporate gatherings,” explained Mattar.

“We are supporting the development of our MICE profile with the creation of an events calendar for the destination which we anticipate will act as a spur to attract additional meetings, convention, incentives and exhibition business,” he concluded.

Topics at the event included: how to make tourism destinations and products accessible to disabled travellers, elderly travellers with reduced mobility, and families with small children. The potential of wellness tourism was discussed as the percentage of the mature travelling population continues to grow.

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