UAE tourism figures downplay impact of UK’s travel corridor u-turn

SourceArabian Business

Tourism stakeholders on Wednesday played down the UK's removal of the UAE from its travel corridor list, which means British travellers will have to self-isolate for 10 days. The head of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority said the emirate, known for its adventure-based attractions, would continue to attract visitors from regional and international markets while the organiser of the upcoming Emirates Festival of Literature did not think the UK's decision would have a big impact. Flight bookings for February half-term holiday slump to just 21% of the equivalent volume at the same time last year One market shutting down will not have a significantly negative effect on tourism although keeping a close eye on developments and maintaining coronavirus-related safety measures remains a top priority, according to those in the UAE tourism industry. Raki Phillips (pictured below), CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, said: “At Ras Al Khaimah, sensitivity and agility of response to shifts in the global travel market across the past year have enabled us to retain guests' interest in the destination, and champion a sense of trust and security in our offering. "We will continue to follow our diversified approach to tourism, drawing in visitors from regional and more...