The emirate of Ras Al Khaimah recently hosted the Outbound Tour Operators Association of India’s (OTOAI) third Annual Conference, which welcomed approximately 170 travel partners from India.
The event, which took place from September 13-16 at Hilton Al Hamra, Convention Centre, facilitated meetings between travel partners and potential sellers from a wide range of Ras Al Khaimah-based hotels and DMCs.
The main aim of the Annual Conference was to further attract the Indian outbound market to visit Ras Al Khaimah, as the emirate approaches its target of one million visitors by the end of 2018.
President, OTOAI, Guldeep Singh Sahni remarked: “The convention received a full house and people gained lot of value out of their participation. Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) put their best foot forward to showcase their products to our members and we cannot thank them enough for the arrangements to provide everyone a first-hand experience of what Ras Al Khaimah can offer.”
Remarking on the importance of the Indian market to the emirate was CEO, RAKTDA, Haitham Mattar: “India is currently our fourth largest international source market with year-on-year growth of 22 per cent in the first half of 2017. It will be an important contributor to our vision and Destination 2019 tourism strategy. Following the UAE Cabinet’s approval for visa on arrival for Indian passport holders with a UK or EU residency visa, we anticipate further growth from Indian inbound tourism for short leisure stays, MICE, and weddings.”
Mattar continued: “Our aim is to promote the full breadth of unique activities and events that can be enjoyed in the emirate, with a view to encourage Indian travellers to lengthen their stay in the destination. We are optimistic that through focused efforts and participation in various MICE and trade events, tourism from India will continue to develop in the coming years.”
OTOAI is a non-profit organisation made up of India’s outbound tour operators and travel agents. In April of this year, RAKTDA and OTOAI inked a Memorandum of Understanding.