Bahraini hoteliers urge family-oriented tourism plans
Manama, July 31, 2014
Bahraini hoteliers have stressed the urgent need to set up diversified entertainment projects to move out of stagnation and boredom witnessed during Eid holidays and other occasions.
They called for family-oriented tourism to attract Gulf tourists in line with the Culture Ministry's new strategy, reported Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
The kingdom needs to encourage new investments in recreational projects as Arab tourists have become weary of visiting Bahrain City Centre and Seef Mall, they said.
Even Mumtalakat has a role to play in the execution of such projects enabling the tourism sector to contribute to GDP, they added.
They said Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry's tourism committee must put forward new ideas to solve problems faced by the sector.
"There are no family recreational facilities or new entertainment projects in Bahrain and our guests are tired of going to the City Centre and cinema," Four-Star Hotels Committee chairman Hameed Al Halwaji told our sister paper Akhbar Al Khaleej.
Some neighbouring countries succeeded in attracting Saudi tourists during Bahrain's unrest through mega recreational projects, Crowne Plaza Hotel deputy general manager Ibrahim Al Kooheji said, calling on Bahraini authorities to double efforts to win those tourists back, since the current situation doesn't augur well for the future.
A leading businessman and hotel investor said he toured three-star hotels during Eid and found them empty. - TradeArabia News Service