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Published on : Thursday, January 14, 2016
The Government of Bahrain, represented in the Directorate of Tourism, has put in huge efforts culminating in the selection of Manama as the Gulf Capital for Tourism2016, Shaikh Khalid told Akhbar Al Khaleej daily on Wednesday adding that ‘we have succeeded in the allocation of a budget for this important event.
The Kingdom is looking forward to an annual increase of approximately 8% in tourist arrivals this year.
The Directorate of Tourism, assisted with specialists, had conducted a study to glean the wishes of Arab Gulf tourists, incoming to Bahrain and to find out about their interests. In the activities, it was observed that they coincided with the holiday season in the Gulf states – especially in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar.
The survey has shown that the Gulf tourist prefers staying in apartments by 34% in contrast with 26% for rooms.
This led the Directorate to encourage more investments in hotel apartments, for the purpose of filling the gap in this sector, he added.
The Directorate of Tourism has also inked agreements to hold numerous family entertainment activities, to attract more tourists from the Arab Gulf states.