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Bahrain is the third most popular destination in the Arabian Gulf. In 2009, 7.9 million international visitors came to the island kingdom – most of them day-trippers from Saudi Arabia. Of those visitors, just over two million were tourists. Unfortunately, that was almost 1 million fewer than in 2008. The economic recession has taken its toll but while overnight visits were down, the number of day-trippers rose – from 5.2 million visitors in 2008, to 5.4 million visitors in 2009.

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Each profile contains information on:

  • Tourist arrivals - overnights and expenditure
  • Purpose of visit - business, leisure or VFR
  • Accommodation supply - operating performance
  • Tourism policy - management
  • Transport - access and infrastructure
  • Tourism funding - promotion and future development

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Bahrain

    • Introduction

      • Data Sources

        • Background

          • History
            • Geography
            • Attractions

                • Family attractions
                  • Manama
                    • Formula 1
                      • History and culture
                      • Tourism and the Economy

                            • Figure 1: Capital investment in Bahrain’s tourism sector, 2005-09
                            • Figure 2: International tourism expenditure, 2005-09
                            • Figure 3: Travel and tourism economy showing direct and indirect impact on employment and GDP, 2005-09
                        • Arrivals

                          • International
                            • Figure 4: International overnight arrivals to member countries of the GCC*, 2005-09
                            • Figure 5: International visitor arrivals to Bahrain, 2005-09
                            • Figure 6: International arrivals, by region of origin, 2007-09
                          • Domestic
                          • Market Characteristics

                            • International
                              • Purpose of visit
                                • Seasonality
                                  • Figure 7: Monthly passenger arrival figures at Bahrain International Airport, 2007-09
                                • Length of stay
                                  • Domestic
                                    • Purpose of visit
                                      • Seasonality
                                        • Length of stay
                                        • Transport

                                          • Air
                                            • Figure 8: Passenger movements, inbound, outbound and in transit at Bahrain International Airport, 2007-09
                                          • Road
                                            • Rail
                                              • Sea
                                              • Accommodation

                                                  • Figure 9: Breakdown of three-, four- and five-star hotels showing number of rooms, 2009
                                                  • Figure 10: Average hotel occupancy rates in Manama, 2005-09
                                                • Meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions
                                                • Tourism News

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