10 million tourists visit Bahrain in 2015

Kingdom of Bahrain is anticipating an annual tourism increase of approximately 8% this year following the arrival of more than 10 million tourists in 2015

Kingdom of Bahrain is anticipating an annual arrival increase of approximately 8% in 2016.
Kingdom of Bahrain is anticipating an annual arrival increase of approximately 8% in 2016.

Kingdom of Bahrain is anticipating an annual tourism increase of approximately 8% this year following the arrival of more than 10 million tourists in 2015.

The Kingdom Bahrain welcomed more than 10 million tourists last year and the Kingdom is looking forward to an annual increase of approximately 8% this year, according to Bahrain Authority for Tourism and Exhibitions (BATE)'s Acting CEO, Shaikh Khalid bin Humood Al Khalifa.

Shaikh Khalid said 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 Tourism 2016.

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BATE has inked agreements to hold numerous family entertainment activities to attract more tourists from other Arab Gulf states.

The Directorate of Tourism assisted with specialists had conducted a study to glean the wishes of Arab Gulf tourists coming to Bahrain and to find out about their interests.

In the activities, it was observed that vacations coincided with the holiday season in 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 hotel rooms.

This led the Directorate to encourage more investments in hotel apartments for the purpose of filling the gap in this sector, he added.

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