Hosting SRV provides a unique opportunity to strengthen ties with industry partners in Switzerland, a key tourism source market earmarked for development, according to Raki Phillips, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority.
“It is a real honour for Ras Al Khaimah to be selected as the host destination for the SRV annual General Assembly, particularly as it is the first to be staged since the pandemic. This not only reflects the emirate’s growing popularity with Swiss travellers, who are attracted to our abundance of natural attractions, from world-class beaches and rolling desert dunes to exhilarating mountain experiences but is testament to the robust health and safety measures we have in place,” said Phillips.
“Our Swiss visitors and SRV guests will experience a one-of-kind getaway to Ras Al Khaimah, a safe destination as certified by both Bureau Veritas, the international leader in testing, inspection and certification and the WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council) Safe Travels Stamp. We are thrilled to meet our Swiss industry partners in person and to showcase our diverse destination offering during the SRV event, which we hope will generate mutually beneficial tourism business in 2022 and beyond.”
The fastest-growing destination in the region, Ras Al Khaimah was named the Gulf Tourism Capital in 2020 and 2021 by the Gulf Cooperation Council, recognised for its commitment to developing more than 20 sustainable tourism projects and its strong pipeline of new attractions, accommodation and supporting infrastructure.
According to SRV President Max E. Katz, “Ras Al Khaimah’s unique combination of stunning natural beauty, culture and heritage, adventure activities and luxury accommodation ticks all the right boxes for Swiss travellers, who are increasingly looking to book a nature-based escape in the emirate,” said Kunz. “Given its popularity and with new attractions now open, the destination was the perfect choice for this year’s SRV annual General Assembly. We are also looking forward to hearing more about the emirate’s ambitious plans to sustainably develop its tourism offering, which will further boost its appeal to the Swiss travel market.”
Swiss guests can experience some of the destination’s world-class attractions, ranging from the Sky Tour on Jebel Jais, the UAE’s highest mountain, with a series of ziplines flying them over awe-inspiring cliffs and canyons, to an insightful trip to Suwaidi Pearls Farm, located in the small fishing village of Al Rams, where they will learn about the unique cultural heritage of the pearling industry and discover the natural lagoon’s underwater treasures.
Based in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, the Swiss Travel Association (SRV), founded in 1928, represents the interests of 595 active members, including travel agencies, tour operators and online travel agencies, as well as 144 passive members such as airlines, tourist offices, tourism schools, car rental companies, travel insurance firms and other entities related to the tourism industry. SRV members generate 80% of the Swiss travel sector’s total turnover, contributing around CHF 7.5 billion (AED29.89 billion) every year.
About Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA)
The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) was established in May 2011 under the government of Ras Al Khaimah. RAKTDA aims to develop the Emirate’s tourism infrastructure and establish Ras Al Khaimah as a world-class destination for leisure and business travel, creating sustainable investment opportunities and enhancing the quality of life for its residents. In order to achieve its goals, the Authority has a government mandate to license, regulate and monitor the Emirate’s tourism and hospitality industry.
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