Moscow – Ajman hospitality sector was highly represented as part of the official
emirate’s delegation to the 20th International Russian Travel
Market, held from September 16th through 19th.
Led by Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD) General
Manager Faisal Al Nuaimi, the delegation included Kempinski
Hotel Ajman, Ajman Saray, the Ajman Palace, Ramada Hotel and Suites Ajman and
Tulip Inn Royal Suites Ajman.
Daily raffle draws were held by ATDD,
with a large number of exhibition visitors, who won free guest nights and other
ATDD targets a 15 percent increase in
Ajman hotel occupancy, Al Nuaimi said. Such a rate should come in line with
another increase in the number o f hotel units, he added, noting that the
five-star Fairmont Ajman is expected to be inaugurated by March 1st,
2015, according to its General Manager Henny Schaeffer, with 252 units.
Iftikhar Hamdani, General Manager of
Ramada Hotel and Suites – Ajman, announced his hotel had the highest occupancy
in the northern emirates in the period from October 2013 till May 2014. The
hotel had 147,000 guests from Russia and the CIS market, he added, noting that
this was the reason behind participation in the 20th International
Russian Travel Market.
A new deal with GDS online booking
company would target 100 more daily guests for Ramada Ajman; a 500 percent
increase compared to 2013, he added.
Olesya Getunova, Assistant Director
of Leisure Sales at Ajman Saray, a Luxury Collection Resort and Starwood’s
latest Middle Eastern hotel, said this exhibition was highly important to
attract tourists who come to the UAE in the winter season, lauding
participation as part of a team led by ATDD.
Jennet Yevshanova, Assistant Director
of Sales at Kempinski Hotel Ajman, said she continued to meet with tour
operators to get posted on the latest developments in the Russian and CIS
market as part of efforts to get ready to the new season, starting in October.
She praised collective efforts to promote Ajman as a UAE emirate.
Aftab Mukadam, Assistant Director of
Sales at the Ajman Palace Hotel and Resorts, said the exhibition was a good
opportunity to stabilize presence in the Russian market and establish new
partnerships, noting that being under ATDD as an official government authority
made clients and tour operators ready to forge new important deals.
Methsiri Ranasinghe, Business
Development Manager at Tulip Inn Royal Suites Ajman, said his hotel’s revenues
grew by AED 1.2 million in the first half of 2014, compared to the same period
in 2013, and that between 65 and 70 percent of guests were from Russia and the
CIS market; so that the hotel was keen to take part in this exhibition.