Initiatives to promote Bahrain as premier global tourist destination highlighted by BTEA

“Manama” was chosen as the capital of Gulf tourism for the year 2024 during the 7th meeting of the ministers responsible for tourism in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The event took place on 5th October in Jabal Al-Akhdar, the Sultanate of Oman, and it was organised and hosted by the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism in Oman. The meeting was supervised by the Secretariat General of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

The Kingdom of Bahrain earned this prestigious designation due to its outstanding contributions and discernible impact on elevating the Gulf tourism sector. Recognised for its proactive understanding of the significance of tourism as a major non-oil economic contributor, Bahrain’s efforts stood out in promoting collaborative endeavors within the Gulf tourism industry. The country’s foresight in recognising tourism’s potential as a vital sector capable of driving economic growth and ensuring sustainable development played a significant role in this decision.

This consensus among GCC nations underscores the Kingdom’s steadfast dedication to bolstering tourism competitiveness throughout the region. The aim is to establish this sector as a cornerstone supporting the Gulf economies and a substantial contributor to the national income of the region’s countries. It also shines a spotlight on the pivotal role played by significant investments in enhancing tourism infrastructure and elevating environmental standards and sustainability in hotels and tourist establishments.

Abdulla bin Adel Fakhro, Minister of Industry and Commerce and Acting Minister of Tourism, led the delegation of the Kingdom of Bahrain participating in the ministerial meeting, with the attendance of Dr. Nasser Qaedi, CEO of the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA).

Dr. Qaedi stated: “We take immense pride in this achievement in the Kingdom’s tourism sector, which stands as a testament to a series of successful tourism endeavors at local, regional, and international levels. The Kingdom has positioned the tourism sector at the forefront of its developmental agenda. This strategic position acknowledges the sector’s pivotal role in driving the sustainable development. Under this vision, substantial investments have been channeled into expanding tourism infrastructure, refining tourism services, and establishing high-quality facilities. These endeavors are aimed at attracting a greater influx of tourists worldwide.”

Dr. Qaedi added: “Collaborating closely with its public and private sector partners, BTEA persistently crafts success stories, aiming to fulfill the ambitious tourism goals outlined in the 2022-2026 strategy. This intensive effort has transformed Bahrain into a beacon of adaptability, diversity, and consistent tourism growth within a remarkably brief timeframe. This achievement was evident last year when the Kingdom welcomed approximately 10 million tourists, surpassing the targeted numbers by an impressive 20%. We assure our GCC visitors of an exceptional tourism year ahead. Anticipate the launch of several high-quality tourism initiatives and an array of exclusive travel packages tailored for GCC citizens and residents; these offerings are meticulously designed to attract a broader audience, enhancing tourism appeal across all sectors.”

The Kingdom of Bahrain remains unwavering in its commitment to foster a flourishing and dynamically expanding tourism sector, not only within the Gulf Cooperation Council region but also to bolster its standing as a prominent hub for regional and international tourists. In the coming months, there are exciting prospects on the horizon, with the unveiling of additional tourism initiatives and captivating entertainment festivals.


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