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Bahrain records an increase of 51% in tourism growth

Based on the most recent data from the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), Bahrain has seen an impressive influx of visitors in the first half of 2023, with a staggering 5.9 million arrivals. This marks a remarkable 51% increase compared to the same period the previous year, when 3.9 million tourists visited the country. This significant surge in arrivals underscores Bahrain’s growing reputation as a top-tier tourist destination.

Bahrain, an island nation nestled in the heart of the Arabian Gulf, has emerged as a preferred destination for travelers seeking a distinctive blend of culture, history, and modernity. Tourists are drawn to its historical treasures, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Bahrain Pearling Trail and the ancient Qal’at al-Bahrain (Bahrain Fort), both of which provide insights into the nation’s rich heritage dating back over 4,000 years.

Furthermore, Bahrain’s cultural festivals, impressive architecture, and warm hospitality captivate visitors from around the globe. This demonstrates the country’s commitment to embracing global cultural diversity while upholding its own traditions. Bahrain’s culinary scene is also a standout feature, offering a delightful fusion of Middle Eastern and international cuisines, from authentic local dishes to gourmet experiences, satisfying every palate.

One notable trend observed during this period is the surge in tourists from India. Bahrain has witnessed an 87% increase in the number of Indian visitors, with the first half of 2023 welcoming 504,173 Indian tourists compared to 269,302 during the same period in 2022. This growth highlights the substantial interest of the Indian market in Bahrain as a preferred destination for weddings, vacations, and relaxation. The Kingdom’s proximity to India, excellent connectivity, and a diverse array of offerings cater to the preferences of Indian travelers, making Bahrain an appealing choice for both leisure and business purposes.