22 hotels scheduled to open in Bahrain by 2023

The move is being driven by strong tourism statistics for the first quarter of 2019

Bahrain's tourism has grown considerably over the past year, according to BTEA
Bahrain's tourism has grown considerably over the past year, according to BTEA

The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) has reportedly revealed that 22 hotels will open in the country during the next four years.

Announced by BTEA’s CEO Shaikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa, the move is part of the organisation’s commitment to “distinguish” Bahrain from other countries in the region.

The hotel pipeline is designed to align with increased tourism numbers in Bahrain.

Citing BTEA’s preliminary data for Q1 2019, Shaikh Khalid said the performance of the tourism sector continued to improve, with inbound tourists increasing to 3.2 million, a 3.1% rise compared to the same period last year.

International arrivals reached 3.5 million, a 3.1% increase from last year. Other data showed that five-star hotel occupancy rates jumped 53% compared to 50% during the same period last year. Four-star hotels occupancy reached 46% compared to 42%.

Other data showed that the total number of nights spent by tourists in Bahrain reached approximately 4.1 million nights, an average of 3.3 nights per tourist.

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