Published on : Friday, January 12, 2018
The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Information & eGovernment Authority in order to implement the third phase of the ‘Tourism Statistics Development’ Program in line with the requirements of the UNWTO.
The ‘Tourism Statistics Development’ Program closely monitors the inbound and outbound tourism movement, providing a detailed overview of the tourism sector and its contribution to the national economy.
The collaboration agreement to implement the ‘Tourism Statistics Development’ Program for the year 2016-2017 was signed in three separate phases. The third phase of the program will examine the wages and salaries structure and measure the investment in tourism initiatives.
The Chief Executive Officer of BTEA, Shaikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa said, “The third phase of the survey will be based on methodological foundations and recognized international standards and will include input from over 30,000 visitors. Insights will also focus on tourism expenditure. The survey will gather data measuring the productivity of tourism facilities including hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, in addition to the international exhibitions and conferences held in the Kingdom.”
The ‘Tourism Statistics Development’ Program aims to develop an all-inclusive database which will determine the growth and development indicators of the industry and its overall contribution to the national economy. The program will take 18 months to complete and is being carried out in three phases.
The first phase focused on developing the program, while the second phase focused on collecting data for the survey by interviewing passengers arriving through Bahrain International Airport and King Fahad Bridge.