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Bahrain Tourism hosts all-female delegation of Saudi tour operators

MANAMA, October 10, 2019

The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) organised a familiarisation trip for a delegation of nine women from renowned Saudi travel agencies and tour operators.

Hosting the trip comes in line with BTEA’s efforts to showcase the Kingdom’s tourism facilities and attractions, as well as introduce visitors to its rich history with an aim to further develop the tourism sector and increase its contribution to the national economy.

The familiarisation trip, held between October 3 and 5, was organised in collaboration with BTEA’s representative office in Saudi Arabia. During the trip, the delegation met with local representatives from the tourism industry and were taken on several sightseeing tours in Bahrain.

“Saudi Arabia is considered one of the largest tourism markets across the region and visitors from the kingdom comprise a huge portion of tourists in Bahrain, holding 88 per cent of the market share. Since the start of this year, BTEA’s collaboration with Saudi travel agencies through its Saudi Arabia representative office has resulted in attracting approximately 31,500 visitors in Q1 of 2019, a growth of 31 per cent, and BD11.9 million ($31.3 million) in total spending. In the first half of 2019, the total number of Saudi visitors amounted to 5.3 million, including business and project owners which contributes to supporting the local GDP,” said Tourism Advisor at BTEA, Dr Ali Follad.
Organising the familiarisation trip comes in line with the BTEA’s strategy to promote and develop the country’s tourism sector under the slogan of ‘Ours.Yours.’, which contributes towards Bahrain's economy and the 2030 Economic Vision. - TradeArabia News Service


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