Published on : Friday, June 7, 2019
The number of international arrivals reached 3.5 million, a 3.1 per cent increase from last year, as said by the CEO of the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), Shaikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa.
Shaikh Khalid said that the BTEA is focusing its efforts towards increasing the tourism sector’s contribution to the national economy through its wide-ranging comprehensive strategies, for promoting local tourism at both regional and international levels.
The kingdom and the BTEA have taken more steps for improving the country’s tourism infrastructure and are committed towards developing the sector for making Bahrain different from other countries in the region.
In this regard, Shaikh Khaled highlighted 22 new hotels that are scheduled to open in the next four years.
Shaikh Khaled added that tourism statistics for Q1 this year showed a remarkable increase in the use of the kingdom’s ports of entry. There was an increase of visitors arriving via King Fahad Causeway by 2%, reaching a total of 2,810,822 visitors. There was also an increase of 3 per cent in visitors arriving via Bahrain International Airport, reaching a total of 299,196 visitors, and an 82 per cent increase in visitors arriving via Khalifa bin Salman Port, reaching a total of 81,371 visitors.
Shaikh Khaled added that the average expenditure of visitors went up by 3.1 per cent, which increased the tourism sector’s contribution to the GDP.