Published on : Monday, April 6, 2020
A support package for hospitality sector has been launched by Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority which is aimed at sheltering the sector during the peak of the Covid-19 crisis. It also wishes to lay strong foundations for a future recovery.
To mitigate the negative impact of coronavirus on travel to Ras Al Khaimah the tourism authority has sent all business partners and stakeholders a comprehensive contingency plan, which maps out short- to mid-term solutions .
Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority chief executive, Raki Phillips, highlighted that the hospitality industry was facing a grave threat from the coronavirus crisis.
Losses from international visitor spends by the UNWTO is estimated 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.
There will be specific 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 quarters two and three and tourism licensing fines until September 30th.
There will be a dedicated financial incentive package aimed towards non-government owned touristic entities, including budget, midscale and four-star hotels as well as attractions, golf courses and other tourism establishments.
Along with this the hospitality partners will be able to benefit from complimentary participation in a diverse array of exhibitions and roadshows set to take place in 2020 and 2021 within the emirate and abroad.
Phillips went on saying that Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority 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 they are transparent in communications and work together to find solutions to this very challenging situation.
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