Phillips joins as the new chief executive of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority

Published on : Friday, June 21, 2019

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has announced the appointmet of Raki Phillips as the new chief executive.


Officials stated that the appointment commences a new phase of tourism development for the emirate as Phillips has served in some of the world’s most renowned global brands which includes Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Universal Studios.



In the new role he will be responsible for delivering the authority’s recently announced Destination Strategy 2019-2021.



Around 1.5 million visitors are intended to visit the emirates by 2021 and three millions by 2025 as per the plan.



Phillips will be taking over the reins from Haitham Mattar who is known to reposition the Ras Al Khaimah as one of the fastest growing  destinations in the world during his tenure and exceeding the target of one million visitors in the first three years.


Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, ruler of Ras Al Khaimah felt grateful to Mattar and his  commitment to the role and efforts in positioning the Emirate as one of the world’s fastest-growing tourism destinations.



He said that  during Mattar’s four years le Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has resulted in a tourism strategy that grew the reputation of Ras Al Khaimah internationally and put the Emirate firmly on the world map.



He thanked Haitham for his leadership of the authority and for presiding over a phase of tourism and hospitality development that has seen exceptional levels of growth.



Due to his groundwork they were well placed to move forward to the next phase of development in our thriving tourism industry under Raki Phillips, whom he welcomed to the new role.

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