The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) has been actively participating in local, regional and international events to entice families visiting from the Arab region and beyond to select Bahrain as the location to celebrate their special occasions.
BTEA’s recent efforts fall in line with its mission to boost the Kingdom’s position as a leading tourism destination for parties and weddings, thus placing Bahrain on the world map of island destination weddings.
Last November and December, Bahrain hosted eight Indian weddings, which were attended by approximately 3,000 guests from Bahrain and around the world, 2,400 of whom flew in with the Kingdom’s national carrier, Gulf Air. These weddings, which were organised by the BTEA, reportedly contributed $5.5 million to the national economy.
CEO, BTEA, Nader Al Moayyed enthused: “We are incredibly proud of BTEA’s achievements and their success in enhancing the Kingdom’s position as a leading destination for hosting weddings and other celebrations, and are delighted to announce that Bahrain will be hosting even more weddings in the coming months. This comes as a result of the tourism sector’s advanced infrastructure which boasts four- and five-star hotels, in addition to dedicated F&B and entertainment sectors, as well as an abundance of event management companies with vast capabilities to create unique wedding concepts catering to client’s varied interests and tastes.”
Al Moayyed explained that BTEA aims to encourage soon-to-weds to choose the Kingdom of Bahrain as their location for their destination weddings by playing a pivotal role in providing the necessary support for the organisation process.
“[This] includes effectively coordinating between formal and semi-formal entities to ensure they work as an integrated team, in addition to providing logistical support to suppliers and specialists in the field, such as Gulf Air to ease the travel arrangements for their guests” he added.