For the second time, after the recognition given to the Kingdom in 2013, Manama, Bahrain was named the’ Capital of Arab Tourism’ for 2020 by Arab tourism ministers. The announcement was made during the Arab Ministerial Council for Tourism’s 22nd session, hosted by the 2019 Arab Tourism Capital, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia.
The session’s delegation was led by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism and the Chairman of the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani, and included BTEA’s Chief Executive Officer, Nader Khalil Al Moayyed, and BTEA’s acting Director of Marketing and Tourism Promotion, Dr Ali Follad.
Commenting on this occasion, Al Zayani shared Bahrain’s pride in being called the’ Arab Tourism Capital’ for 2020, adding that the change appreciated the rich tourism and culture characteristics of the kingdom. Al Zayani extended his appreciation to the wise leadership on this landmark achievement on behalf of the Board of Directors of BTEA, employees of BTEA as well as members of the tourism industry, and appreciated their help in further driving the growth of the tourism sector in Bahrain.
He also affirmed the commitment of BTEA to further develop this critical sector and to strengthen bilateral and Arab relations in this region. “BTEA’s strategy focuses on developing unique tourism products by hosting a series of events and activities targeting all segments of society, including families from the GCC and other Arab countries, further contributing to tourism sector growth,” he added.
Manama’s designation as the’ Arab Tourism Hub’ for 2020 is a testament to the Kingdom’s efforts to improve bilateral tourism partnerships between the GCC and Arab countries as well as to develop historic cities and ancient civilizations in the region. It is also the positive product of BTEA’s efforts to promote the Kingdom as a destination for foreign and Arab tourists thanks to its many distinguished tourist and heritage sites. traveling