Bahrain tourism sector to grow significantly: CEO of H Hospitality Collection

The island country also recorded a rise in the average length of stay at hotels

Image used for illustrative purpose only
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Bahrain’s tourism sector, which currently makes up 6.3% of the country’s GDP, is set to grow significantly, Claudio Capaccioli, CEO of H Hospitality Collection told Hotelier Middle East in an exclusive interview.

According to Capaccioli, “Bahrain continues to reaffirm its good position as a great tourism destination every month with a growing number of hotels, retail and leisure developments like ours that are currently underway.”

H Hospitality Collection is soon making its debut in the island country with the Harbour Row Hotel.

Speaking more about why the country’s tourism sector is bound to grow, Capaccioli said: “The statistics released at the beginning of the year by Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) show that the tourism sector certified a steady growth, due to tourism infrastructure that reached over BD 4.9 billion ($13 billion).

“The EDB statistics covered 14 projects that will further boost growth in Bahrain’s tourism and leisure sector, facing further enhancement to its tourism infrastructure,” he added.

Data released also revealed that the number of tourist nights has shown a 22% increase from 2017 to 2018 with a growth of 19% in the average length of stay, Capaccioli said when talking about why the group decided to debut in Bahrain.

In addition to new tourism projects, Bahrain International Airport is undergoing a US $1.1 billion modernisation plan, and is planning to increase passenger yearly capacity from 9 to 14 million by next year.

Other good references of the positive trends of the market include infrastructure developments like a number of shopping malls and Bahrain’s medical-tourism projects through King Abdullah Medical City, he said.

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