RAS AL KHAIMAH HOSTS THE THIRD OTOAI CONVENTION

More than 170 Indian travel partners attended the event in Ras Al Khaimah

New Delhi, India, 19 September 2017: The Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI) organised its third Annual Conference in Ras Al Khaimah this week. Around 170 travel partners from India participated in the event, which took place from September 13-16, 2017 at the Hilton Al Hamra, Convention Centre, Ras Al Khaimah.

Opening Ceremony By the Chief Guest Mr. Shaji Thomas, Director Destination, Tourism Development, RAKTDA

OTOAI is a national, not-for-profit organisation comprising India’s outbound tour operators and travel agents as its members. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority and Guldeep Singh Sahni, President of OTOAI, during the press conference held this year in Delhi.

Members from OTOAI & RAKTDA inaugurating White Paper at the convention

Mattar commented, “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. We have seen a growing trend from Indian inbound tourism for short leisure stays, MICE, and weddings.

“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.”

Guldeep Singh Sahni- President OTOAI, Vice President OTOAI Riaz Munshi- presenting a Momento to Director Destination RAKTDA, Mr. Shaji Thomas

The emirate of Ras Al Khaimah is still largely unexplored by the Indian outbound market, and the potential for growth is attractive to the travel industry.

Speaking at the event the president of OTOAI Mr. Guldeep Singh Sahni said “The theme of the convention was changing times – creating opportunities and we have lined up all the sessions to fulfill the same.RAKTDA has put their best foot forward to showcase the products to our members. We can’t thank them enough for the arrangements they have done to give everyone a firsthand experience from the destination”

OTOAI’s annual conference provides the opportunity for travel partners to meet potential sellers from a wide range of Ras Al Khaimah hotels and destination management companies who took part in the prestigious event.

About Ras Al Khaimah

One of the world’s fastest growing tourism destinations, Ras Al Khaimah boasts a rich culture and long-standing history dating back 7,000 years. The Emirate boasts an array of archaeological sites and breath-taking natural vistas, from golden sand beaches, awe-inspiring terracotta dunes and a green belt of date palms to Jebel Jais, the highest mountain in the UAE.

To learn more about Ras Al Khaimah, visit us at:

·         www.rasalkhaimahtourism.com

·         www.facebook.com/visitrasalkhaimah

·         www.youtube.com/visitrasalkhaimah

·         https://twitter.com/raktourism

About Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA)

The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) was established in May 2011 under the government of Ras Al Khaimah. In order to achieve target growth of one million visitors by the end of 2018, the authority aims to develop the emirate’s tourism infrastructure and establish Ras Al Khaimah as a world-class destination for leisure and business travel, creating sustainable investment opportunities and enhancing the quality of life for its residents. In order to achieve its goals, the RAKTDA has a government mandate to license, regulate and monitor the emirate’s tourism and hospitality industry.

Follow Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority on twitter: @RAKTourism

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