RAK looks to build more hotels as tourist numbers rise

30/12/2008 - Ras Al Khaimah Property News
RAK looks to build more hotels as tourist numbers rise

Ras Al Khaimah' (RAK) is "becoming an increasingly popular destination for holidaymakers, it has been reported.
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rnIn figures released by the Tourism Department, it was revealed that the emirate witnessed a 40 per cent increase in tourist numbers last year, attracting a total of 500,000 visitors.
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rnNow, a target of 2.5 million tourists by 2012 has been set.
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rnFurthermore, plans are in place to increase the number of hotel rooms in the emirate from the current figure of 1,400 to some 7,500 within four years time, as at least 20 new hotels are hoped to be built, Gulf News reports.
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rnDr Khater Massaad, adviser to Shaikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, added: "The growth in the RAK tourism sector has led to an increased demand for more hotel rooms."
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rnElia Tamani, vice-president of sales and marketing at Hamra Hotels and Resorts, stated that tourists were visiting RAK for its beaches and quiet surroundings, with Europeans - particularly Germans, Russians and Italians - coming to enjoy the emirate's excellent weather.
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rnIn related news, the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing recently announced that it is to develop a new strategy to help attract tourists in time for the Dubai Shopping Festival.