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06 November 2013 Manama Shares its Tourism Experience with World Travel Market Attendees
Manama Shares its Tourism Experience with World Travel Market Attendees

WTM as an exhibition reflects the international travel trade marketplace and therefore some regions have been moved to accommodate growth and development. To ensure our visitors are aware of these changes WTM will market the regions throughout the year. World Travel Market 2013 has opened with a greater focus on business than ever. The event is predicted to generate more than £2 billion worth of deals this year alone while London will be more than £160 million better off as it plays host to almost 50,000 industry professionals attending the show.

H.E Minister of Culture Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa and the ministry's Tourism Assistant Undersecretary Shaikh Khalid bin Hmood Al Khalifa and Tourism Advisor Dr. Heba Abdulaziz took part in the 34th World Travel Market (WTM) and, which kick-started here yesterday and will run until Nov.7. They attended the ministerial meeting, co-organized by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and WTM, and other functions held on the sidelines of the event in which attracted more than 250000 visitors, more 50 Tourism minister, 200 heads of tourism institutions, tourism experts and exhibits from 148 countries. Through participating in such a world event, the Ministry of Culture aims to highlight the kingdom's experience and adherence to its cultural identity following the Manama as Capital of Arab Tourism.

H.E Minister of Culture stressed the importance of organizing different activities and enhancing cooperation between different sectors in order to promote tourism, pointing out to the ability of culture to embrace major popular events worldwide. H.E hailed the success of the 2013 Manama Capital of Arab Tourism events, saying that “ We are here to share with all the world our aspirations, perspectives and strategies regardless of our geographical locations, countries or peoples”. The Minister of Culture argued that this direct contact with experts and professionals would free Tourism from limits, borders and constraints and render civilisations common to all humans.
It is worth mentioning that Manama has been a theatre for multiple cultural celebrations inaugurated by the Secretary General of UNWTO, Dr. Taleb Rifai, who said d that culture is an essential tool in tourism development, travel for recreational, leisure or business purposes and it encourages the future of the travel industry. Celebrations during the first quarter of 2013 were held under the theme "culture tourism", followed by "sport tourism", "leisure tourism" and "green tourism" as quarterly slogans. Bahrain has received a substantial boost by its confirmation as Capital of Arab Tourism 2013.

As part of World Travel Market's Ministers' Programme, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) works in partnership with World Travel Market to host the UNWTO & WTM Ministers' Summit in London. Bahraini investment and travel corporations took part in this world event to showcase the national tourist attractions heritage and innovations. Indeed, WTM and UNWTO bring together Tourism Ministers and leading tourism experts to determine the best course of action for the industry .Like many regional destinations, Bahrain is still being targeted for hotel developments. Many major global hotel brands are expected to come to the market during the forecast period and that includes the Rotana Bahrain Hotel expected in 2013, Staybridge Suites in 2014, Al Seef Centro, Bahrain Bay Arjaan, and Ibis Manama Seef; as well as a Four Seasons Hotel set for completion in 2015 and a JW Marriott Manama in 2016. So while a majority of hotels in the pipeline are luxury hotels, there are also budget hotels expected for this market, and these will be ideal for lower budget travellers who want to attend the Formula 1.

The main themes this year are Water, Climate change, Child Protection, Accessible Tourism and Volunteering. These are all topics that should matter to any company or individual who cares for their future. Because these are urgent issues, throughout this year’s programme there is a real focus on discussing not just why things matter, but on what is being – and can be – done.

Participation in the 43rd Fine Arts Exhibition Bahrain Map