Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has launched a range of initiatives to help the tourism, leisure and hospitality industries in the emirate. Amid the current coronavirus pandemic, the Authority has set up an internal Stimulus Committee and Steering Stimulus Committee responsible for enacting the initiatives and supporting the industry.
Measures include a six-month waiver of all touristic licenses; waiver of tourism dirhams from March to May; a complete exemption of tourism licensing fees for Q2 and Q3 and tourism licensing fines until September 30. RAKTDA has also put in place a financial incentive package geared towards budget, midscale and four-star hotels, along with attractions, golf courses and other non-government owned establishments.
RAKTDA CEO Raki Phillips explained in a virtual meeting working together is crucial during the outbreak. He said: “Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) fully understands and shares the concerns of its business partners and guests concerning the COVID-19 outbreak, which is significantly disrupting the global travel and tourism industry. It is imperative that we are transparent in our communications and work together to find solutions to this very challenging situation.”
During the virtual meeting, it was explained that the Authority’s initiatives feed into a four-step recovery plan, with the emirate first focusing on recovering the domestic market, followed by the GCC and wider Middle East, to then be extended to Asia and Europe. Phillips highlighted the return of the Russian market as a key driver to recovery, given its position as largest source destination in 2019, as well as highlighting the importance of the aviation sector.
The measures from RAKTDA will be put in place from mid-April.