With Bench Events confirming it will take the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference to Ras al Khaimah next year, Haitham Mattar, chief executive with the Ras al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, explains how important the event will be for the development of the hospitality sector in the emirate. Also on the agenda are new infrastructure developments and his plans for tourism in 2018.
The Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2018 is to be held in the emerging northern emirate of Ras al Khaimah. The surprise move follows 13 successful years where the event has been held at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has revealed the emirate is on track to surpass its annual visitor target. The emirate’s hotels reported a ten per cent year-on-year increase in international guest arrivals during the first six months of the year.
Hilton Garden Inn Ras Al Khaimah has welcomed its first quests, marking the brand’s entry into the northern-most emirate of the United Arab Emirates. The hotel joins five other Hilton properties operating in the Emirate and 22 across the UAE.
The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has been quick to move the emirate out from the shadow of Dubai, emphasising a more natural, sustainable form of tourism. Here Breaking Travel News talks with chief executive Haitham Mattar about his achievements to date and what the future might hold.
Breaking Travel News chats with Abdullah Rashed Al Abdooli, managing director, Al Marjan Island, during the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference in Dubai. He tells us about the property and what it brings to the hospitality sector in Ras Al Khaimah.
Minor Hotels has announced the signing of a management agreement for a new Avani property in the United Arab Emirates – Avani Al Marjan Island Ras Al Khaimah Resort. Al Marjan is a collection of four pristine man-made islands in Ras Al Khaimah, set against the backdrop of the Arabian Peninsula, only 30 minutes from Ras Al Khaimah International Airport and 50 minutes from Dubai International Airport.
Ras Al Khaimah is celebrating further success this year as the emirate welcomes the results of its first visitor satisfaction survey, revealing that the majority of visitors to the region’s fastest growing destination were very satisfied, or satisfied, with their holiday in Ras Al Khaimah.
Al Wadi Desert, Ras Al Khaimah, has launched the Experience Concierge, a ground-breaking new service at the 500-hectare Al Wadi Nature Reserve, reports Phil Blizzard from Dubai.
Mahmoud Mokhtar, country manager, Hilton Hotels, Ras Al Khaimah, speaks to Breaking Travel News about the portfolio of property’s he oversees in this rapidly developing emirate.
In the northern emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, just one hour away from Dubai, the Banyan Tree Al Wadi Resort closed its doors in December 2016. The following day this desert resort re-opened under the management of The Ritz-Carlton Company, with 50 associates from sister properties across the region, reports Phil Blizzard.