The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism and Chairman of the BTEA, H.E. Mr. Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani headed the board meeting of the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) on Monday 23rd October 2017 in the presence of the Chief Executive Officer of BTEA, H.E. Shaikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa.
The Minister lauded the continuous support of the leadership and government in regards to the development of the tourism and exhibition sector in the Kingdom in order to further elevate its contribution to the local economy.
During the meeting, the board reviewed and discussed the topics on the agenda including reviewing the financial reports dated up to September 2017 and the additional services provided at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Center.
The meeting also included a high-level presentation discussing the development projects that such as the development of Bahrain Bay, Diving Center, the Hospitality and Culinary institutes, the Galali beach project and Al Muturith Island.
The executive management also praised the role of the representative offices appointed by BTEA in terms of executing the authority’s included the plans and programs. The representative offices aim to promote the Kingdom of Bahrain in line with a strategy developed by the BTEA in collaboration with EDB and other major shareholders to elevate the tourism sector and enhance its contribution to the national economy by 2030 under the new identity ‘Ours.Yours’. The representative offices also played an important role in increasing the number of visitors to Bahrain and increasing the hotel occupancy.
The BTEA aims to develop the tourism sector by launching the hospitality and culinary institute in the Kingdom in order to elevate the industry by training the Bahraini workforce and creating a generation that can further boost this sector.
The board also expressed their gratitude to the management and employees of BTEA for their sincere efforts in achieving the authority’s plans in order to position the tourism and exhibitions sector as a main contributor to the national economy.