RAK Tourism partners with European tourism associations

Travel & Tourism News Middle East | April 16, 2019

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Associations (ECTAA) to boost European outbound tourism to the emirate.The agreement was signed in Ras Al Khaimah on April 11 by Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority and Michel de Blust, secretary general ECTAA.As per the agreement, ECTAA pledges to promote Ras Al Khaimah as its Preferred Destination among the 70,000 travel agents and tour operators across Europe, while showcasing the emirate’s 64km of beautiful beaches, historic forts, scenic mountains, terracotta deserts and some of the most diverse and enchanting landscapes in the region – all just 45 minutes from Dubai International Airport.

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