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3.2m visitors to Bahrain in Q1

22 new hotels are expected to open in the next four years

3.2m visitors to Bahrain in Q1

A total of 3.2 million visitors arrived in Bahrain in the first quarter of 2019, a 3.1 percent increase from the year before, Bahraini officials have announced. 

Sheikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa, the CEO of the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), added that 22 new hotels are scheduled to open over the course of the next four years to meet the demands of Bahrain’s growing tourism sector. 

Bahraini statistics show that the occupancy of Bahrain’s five-star hotels stood at 53 percent during the quarter, compared to 50 percent in 2018. 

Four-star hotel occupancy reached 46 percent, compared to 42 percent during Q1 2018. 

The statistics also show that the number of visitors who entered the country through the King Fahad Causeway rose 2 percent to 2,810,822. 

Additionally, the number of visitors who entered through Bahrain International Airport rose 3 percent to 299,196 visitors, while visitors through Khalifa bin Salman Port rose 82 percent to 81,371. 

The total number of nights by tourists reached 4.1 million nights, an average of 3.3 nights per tourist. 

The real GDP share of Bahrain’s hotels and restaurants increased 8 percent. 

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