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15 hotels worth $10 billion to open in Bahrain

Staff Writer |
According to figures released in the latest Bahrain Economic Quarterly (BEQ) by the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB), the Kingdom’s hotel and restaurant sector witnessed robust growth at a rate of 3%.

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This was underpinned by plans to establish 15 new five and four-star hotels and beachfront resorts, with a collective investment value of more than $10 billion over the next five years.

The list includes world-renowned hotel brands including: The One&Only Resort, Wyndham Grand Hotel, Fairmont, Vida Hotel & Resort, The Address Hotel & Resort, Ibis Hotel and Pullman Hotel.

These hotels will add to the Kingdom’s existing portfolio of over 190 hotels and resorts. This includes 18 five star hotels, 48 four-star hotels, 35 three star hotels, 81 serviced apartments and 11 resorts.

These hotels currently offer a capacity of more than 16,500 rooms, with big names such as the recently opened Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, ART Rotana Amwaj Islands Hotel & Resort, Downtown Rotana, the Westin and Le Meridian Hotel Bahrain City Centre.

In order to continue to attract new visitors and support demand, Bahrain unveiled its brand-new tourism identity: "Ours. Yours. Bahrain" as part of Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority’s (BTEA) commitment towards reinvigorating the Kingdom’s tourism industry.

The campaign’s strategic and infrastructural initiatives aim to increase this amount to $1 billion by 2020, effectively doubling tourism’s contribution to Bahrain’s GDP from 3.6% to 6.6%.

BTEA also established six international offices to help drive development and raise awareness of Bahrain’s tourism in key global markets such as: UK, France, India, Germany and Russia.

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