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Travel and Tourism - Bahrain - May 2018

“Bahrain has a state-of-the-art international seaport, the Khalifa Bin Salman Port, which is surrounded by a diverse, dynamic manufacturing and logistics cluster. The Bahrain International Airport is just ten minutes away and offers unparalleled connectivity across the Middle East region as well as beyond.”
– Dr Jarmo Kotilaine, chief economic advisor at the EDB, in an interview with Arab News, 23 July, 2017

This report looks at the following areas:

  • How is the Bahraini government trying to wean itself off a dependence on oil?
  • What makes Bahrain’s shopping malls stand out from run-of-the-mill retail centres? 
  • Apart from its accessibility, why is Bahrain so popular with visitors from Saudi Arabia?
  • What is the main reason for Bahrain’s low hotel occupancy rates?

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Table of contents

  1. Bahrain: Key Facts

    • Introduction

      • Data Sources

        • Background

          • History
            • The severing of ties with Qatar
              • Geography
              • Attractions

                  • Family attractions
                    • History and culture
                      • Annual events
                        • Formula 1
                          • Shopping
                          • Tourism and the Economy

                              • Figure 1: Average per-capita GNI & population sizes within the GCC, 2016-17
                            • International tourism revenues
                              • Figure 2: International visitor exports (revenues), 2013-17
                            • Other exports
                              • The impact of travel and tourism on GDP and employment
                                • Figure 3: Travel & tourism economy showing direct impact on employment & GDP, 2013-27
                            • Arrivals

                              • International
                                • International tourist arrivals have fluctuated since 2012
                                  • Figure 4: International tourist arrivals in the Middle East, 2012-16
                                • Bahrain arrivals steadily rising
                                  • Figure 5: International tourist arrivals in Bahrain, 2013-17
                                  • Figure 6: Inbound visitors by source market, 2016
                                • Domestic
                                • Market Characteristics

                                  • International
                                    • Purpose of visit
                                      • Seasonality
                                        • Figure 7: Monthly passenger traffic at Bahrain International Airport, 2014-16
                                      • Length of stay
                                        • Domestic
                                          • Purpose of visit/length of stay
                                            • Seasonality
                                            • Transport

                                              • Air
                                                • Figure 8: Passenger traffic at Bahrain International Airport, 2012-16
                                              • Road/rail
                                                • Sea
                                                  • The Bahrain Marina
                                                  • Accommodation

                                                      • Figure 9: Average annual occupancy rates, daily room rates & RevPAR, 2012-16
                                                    • Capital investment in the tourism sector
                                                      • Figure 10: Capital investment in Bahrain’s tourism sector, 2013-17
                                                    • New-builds
                                                      • Demand predicted to catch up with supply
                                                      • Tourism News

                                                        • What Next?

                                                          Travel and Tourism - Bahrain - May 2018

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