The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has launched a range of support initiatives to its hospitality, leisure and development partners.
The move aims to shelter the sector during the peak of the Covid-19 crisis and to lay strong foundations for a future recovery.
The tourism authority has sent all business partners and stakeholders a comprehensive contingency plan, which maps out short- to mid-term solutions to mitigate the negative impact of coronavirus on travel to Ras Al Khaimah.
Addressing partners and stakeholders via a virtual meeting, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority chief executive, Raki Phillips, highlighted that the hospitality industry was facing a grave threat from the coronavirus crisis.
The UNWTO estimates losses from international visitor spends to be between USD $30-50 billion globally, while the World Travel & Tourism Council have found up to 50 million jobs have been put at risk.
Officials in Ras Al Khaimah have thus created an internal stimulus committee and steering stimulus committee.
Led by Phillips and top executives across the hospitality, leisure and development sectors, specific measures include a six-month waiver of all touristic licenses; waiver of tourism dirhams from March to May; a complete…