By Staff writer
Room rates fall to BD49 as political unrest takes toll on tourism sector
Five-star hotels in Bahrain have been forced to slash rates in a bid to
stimulate the tourism sector which has come to a virtual standstill due to the
political unrest which has gripped the country.
Vinod A Patric, tours development manager at inbound
operator House of Travel in Manama said GCC nationals were beginning trickle
back to Bahrain due to the bargain deals being offered at hotels. “The
five-star hotels have come down with the rates to encourage GCC nationals to
visit Bahrain," he said. "The hotel owners have taken a very
costly step - they are offering around BD49 ($130) with breakfast, so the Saudi
market is opening up again and occupancy levels are increasing.”
A report released by CBRE last week indicated that hotel
occupanies in Bahrain have plummeted to as low as 5% and the opening of some
new hotel properties have been delayed.
“With Formula One 'called off', low levels of visitation by
Saudi and Kuwaiti nationals and business travel curtailed, the hospitality and
leisure industry has experienced a substantial setback so far this year,” said
Bahrain declared martial law on March 15 after troops from
Saudi Arabia and the UAE arrived to help quell protests that have gripped the
Gulf state for more than a month.
this is in fact not working. The Saudi market is avoiding Bahrain for now despite the rate cuts. Its going to take a lot more than a few cheap hotel deals to bring the economy back.
Any 5 star hotel in Bahrain could give me the room for FREE and I still would not return for R&R.
I need to know that it is safe and what is going on there. Right now I don't believe it is safe and no one is telling the truth as to what is happening there.