Ras Al Khaimah aims to get 3 million tourists annually by 2025
RAK eyes new long-term tourism target as international visitors soar by 11% in first nine months of 2018
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has announced a growth of 11.2% in international guests in the first nine months of the year compared to the same period in 2017.
Almost 795,000 guests chose to stay in Ras Al Khaimah from January to September 2018 for a total of 2.53 million guest nights, it said in a statement.
Double digit growth from international markets was led by Germany as the single largest source market with 64,372 visitors, up 4.1%, followed by Russia, with 57,117 visitors - up 36.5%, and the UK, with 45,496 visitors, up 10.1%.
India was in fourth position with 44,734 visitors, up 16.1% while Kazakhstan rounded out the top five source markets with 21,966 visitors, up 26.9%.
In terms of market growth, Norway saw the largest percentage increase in visitors, up 41.5% on the first three quarters of 2017, with Nordic neighbours Sweden and Denmark also showing increased interest in the emirate.