Kaidi: Redoubling efforts to contribute to the revival of “wedding tourism”
Manama, Jan. 30 (BNA): The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority announced that it will hold 14 wedding ceremonies in the first quarter of 2023 for families from different countries.
Dr. Nasser Qaidi, CEO of the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority, confirmed that the authority has redoubled its efforts to attract more wedding parties from different continents, and to contribute to the recovery of “wedding tourism” in 2023 and to build on the achievements that preceded the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said that the weddings coming from India, Pakistan, China, Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon and others.
He stressed that the authority’s strategy is to attract exotic weddings and host international wedding organizers, expand the network of wedding specialists, discuss expansion plans in target markets, and coordinate with others in various countries.
“BTEA promotes Bahrain as a unique destination for weddings and other events from Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas, attracting its citizens and expatriates alike. These additional efforts are in line with our plans to develop wedding tourism in Bahrain through our “island wedding” initiative, which includes diverse offerings that attract families. and tourists from all over the world.”
He highlighted Bahrain’s role in providing plenty of surreal landscapes and exceptional places through highly rated international tourism institutes, islands, beaches, Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) and heritage sites to host such exotic weddings, making Bahrain a suitable place. To organize with prominent and well-known hotel chains that suit all weddings and pre-wedding events, in addition to the availability of Bahraini wedding specialists.
The commission’s advisor, Dr. Ali Hassan Folad, indicated that the commission was able, in a short period of time, to transform the idea of promoting Bahrain as a leading tourist destination for weddings and social events into a huge brand in this regard on the regional map through targeting. International markets and GCC countries.
“These efforts come within the framework of the Bahrain Tourism Authority and the city’s endeavors to provide the necessary support for organizing weddings easily in the Kingdom, as well as playing a pivotal role in planning and cooperating with interested parties, and working collectively to organize logistics, selected locations, and communication with suppliers and specialists.”
BTEA hosted more than 54 weddings between 2017 and 2022, with 20,000 international guests and an average of 370 attendees per wedding.
The Kingdom witnessed one wedding in 2017, ten weddings in 2018, 13 weddings in 2019, two weddings in 2020, six weddings in 2021, and 21 weddings in 2022.