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WEEKLY NEWS Russian Tourism to Ras Al Khaimah Set to Grow In a bid to further increase visitor numbers from Russia, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (TDA) has supported the initiative of Coral Travel - hailed as the largest tour operator in Russia - to launch regular charter services from Moscow Under the agreement, Ural Airlines will operate twice weekly flights on Tuesdays and Fridays from Moscow Domodedovo Airport until March 29, 2014, bringing 12,000 additional Russian travellers to the UAE, 8,000 of whom will be accommodated in hotels in Ras Al Khaimah. Khalid Motik, director, Ras Al Khaimah TDA, described Russia as a key source market for the emirate accounting for some 18 percent of the total visitor numbers. “This agreement demonstrates Ras Al Khaimah TDA’s commitment to continue strengthening our ties with Russia in years to come, and brings us one step closer to our main objective of increasing our visitor numbers to 1.2 million by the end of [this year].” According to the authority’s figures, Russian visitor volumes are set to reach 200,000 by year-end. Russian Visitors in Ras Al Khaimah

Thrifty Car Rental Expands in the UAE Thrifty Car Rental, a franchisee of the Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, announced the opening of retail locations in Fujairah City Centre and Mercato Mall, now serving customers with a rental outlet in all of the major malls in the UAE. “Malls remain a key focus for us to grow the Thrifty brand in the UAE. Malls contribute to 30 percent of our short-term rental business, and this is only set to grow as we further expand into shopping malls and other retail opportunities,” explained Rahul Singh, general manager, UAE, Thrifty Car Rental. The strong car rental market in the country has urged the company to expand this year, increasing its fleet size to up to 17,000 vehicles with the goal of further strengthening its presence in UAE malls.

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Oman in Arab Ministerial Council for Tourism The country’s Ministry of Tourism represented Oman in the 16th session of the Arab Ministerial Council for Tourism which opened in Bahrain on October 30, chaired by Ahmed bin Nasser al-Mahrzi, minister of tourism, Oman. He referred to the importance of the role of the organisation in activating Arab tourism and achieving integration among Arab states in the tourism sector, and reviewing the streamlining of the various economicdrive procedures to support the field. Moreover he affirmed that according to the Arab Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, the Sultanate has made significant progress on Arab and international levels over the past four years, hoping that efforts towards greater activation of Oman’s tourist plans continue in a manner that go in line and keep pace with the developments at an international level.

Travel Trade Weekly Issue 212  

Travel Trade Weekly Middle East & North Africa is the first and only weekly virtual publication of its kind in the MENA region. It is distri...

Travel Trade Weekly Issue 212  

Travel Trade Weekly Middle East & North Africa is the first and only weekly virtual publication of its kind in the MENA region. It is distri...

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