The Holiday Inn Bahrain will open its new seafood restaurant and expanded foyer in June as the finale to its BD3 million ($7.95 million) remodelling programme.
General manager Oussama Massoud said the year-long renovation included the complete refurbishment of its 264 guest rooms, an upgrade of its outdoor pool area, corridor re-tiling, and a make-over of its executive business centre.
"We also installed a new air-conditioning system, as well as a state-of-the-art computer system," he said.
Massoud said the temporary check-in desk, which was set up last summer adjacent to the property's Bahrain Conference Centre, would continue to serve the public.
He said the hotel hadn't yet come up with a name for the new 180-seat restaurant, which will be located adjacent to the foyer.
"But we will unveil every detail of our latest food and beverage outlet well before it opens this summer," he said.
Massoud said hotel occupancy had not been affected by the on-going construction.
"We had some declines during the final quarter of last year, which we can attribute to the September 11 aftermath," he said.
"But occupancies have jumped right back to normal."
The hotel's biggest fall out, said Massoud, has been the loss of its lucrative air charter guest rooms, which sometimes generated more than 25 staff rooms per night.
Massoud points out the airline charter business quickly folded up after the attacks in the US.
"Tourists simply weren't travelling and the result has obviously had an effect on the stop-over traffic here," he said.
TTN is the most established trade publication in the Middle East distributed on a controlled circulation basis to members of the travel and tourism industry.
Published monthly by Al Hilal Publishing and Marketing Group, the region’s foremost trade publisher, TTN is aimed at professionals in the industry, from travel agents to airline and hotel personnel.
TTN provides in-depth and extensive coverage of relevant issues in the Middle East and North Africa as well as in other parts of the world. Travel related news, analysis, and new appointments together with information on up-coming exhibitions, marketing and promotional campaigns are presented in an innovative and striking colour tabloid.
Every issue also contains a collation of international and regional news and topical features of interest to readers.