The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) was established in 2015, under Royal Decree No. 76 for the year 2015, issued by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain. The first clause of Decree No. 10 states that an authority should be established under the supervision of the Council of Ministers.
In 2015, the BTEA started its operations under Decree No. 9 for the year 2015, to append Tourism Affairs to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce based on the recommendation of HRH the Prime Minister and under law No. 62 for the year 2016, to establish and regulate the Bahrain Exhibition and Convention Authority (BECA); Decree No. 1 for the year 1985, to establish a Supreme Council for Tourism; and law No. 15 for the year 1986, to regulate the Tourism sector, amended by law by Decree No. 12 for the year 1994.
The BTEA's scope of work includes all sectors related to national tourism affairs in the Kingdom: to organise conventions and trade exhibitions in the Kingdom of Bahrain; to attract international, regional, and local conferences to be hosted in the Kingdom; to establish, manage, promote, and maintain the Authority's conventions and exhibition centres directly or through specialised companies or firms that BTEA establishes solely or in partnership with others for the same purpose; to grant licences for conventions and trade exhibitions, and to supervise and assess them.
The tourism sector aims to attract prominent international events that engage large numbers of tourists and strengthen the position of Bahrain as an important tourism attraction on both a regional and an international level.
The BTEA also aspires to boost the tourism sector's contribution to the national economy, in line with the Bahrain Economic vision 2030 and toward achieving the goals of the Economic Development Board.