Attracting 14 million tourists and more by the year 2022 was the major objective in the Tourism Sector’s Strategy 2019-2022, this was reviewed in the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority’s third board meeting which was held recently. The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani, chaired the meeting which was held at the Ministry’s headquarters.

The meeting highlighted that the tourism statistics for the first half of 2018 which showed, they stated, an increase in the number of inbound tourists, reaching a total of 5.9 million visitors, an increase of 5.8% compared to the same period last year.

Other topics on the BTEA’s agenda, the proposed budget for 2019-2020, the latest developments related to the new development projects and other major issues were discussed.

They agreed that the discussed issues aim to attract the largest number of visitors, including the implementation of a series of development projects that will contribute to the enhancement of Bahrain’s tourism. The board has also reviewed and discussed the financial results and the growth achieved by BTEA during the previous months. The meeting also included a presentation discussing BTEA’s strategic projects which aim to attract tourists from all around the world in collaboration with its representative offices.

In addition, the board discussed the BTEA’s projects that aim to develop the Kingdom’s tourism infrastructure, including the development of the new exhibition and conference center located in Sakhir as well as beaches located in Galali and Bahrain Bay, leading to the surge of leisure tourism and improvement of water sports activities.

The proposal submitted by the BTEA to host the 109th United Nations World Tourism Organization Executive Council Meeting, which included the meeting agenda and plans for the accompanying conference, was also discussed during the meeting.