Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority supported Kazakhs unable to return home amid civil unrest
Kazakhstan is a growth market for the GCC’s travel suppliers, including those based in Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven emirates that make up the UAE.
In the wake of Covid-19, lighter restrictions meant that Kazakhstan residents could still travel relatively freely and hotels saw substantial growth in visitors from Kazakhstan.
Following civil unrest in Kazakhstan sparked by the country’s price increase of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), airline connectivity was compromised leaving residents who had been travelling stranded outside of their home.
In a bid to support this growth market, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) committed to support and assist all Kazakhstan tourists that were unable to leave the emirate last week due to airline connectivity issues in Kazakhstan.
RAKTDA pledged to provide all those without a flight home complimentary full-board accommodation, inclusive of food and drinks and other amenities, in their current hotel until return travel is possible again.
Raki Phillips, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, commented: “Our thoughts go out to the people of Kazakhstan during this challenging time and we sympathise with those who were unable to return home. Our outmost priority is the wellbeing and safety of our valued visitors during this stressful time and we remained committed to provide support until they were able to safely travel back to the Republic.”