Airlines back inbound tourism drive


Airlines operating through Bahrain have taken a joint decision to promote inbound tourism to the country.

A meeting of the Board of Airline Representatives (BAR), held at the Crowne Plaza, also decided to support the government’s drive to promote the country as a destination during the Gulf Air Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix in April.
This was the first BAR meeting held after Gulf Air general manager (Bahrain) Nader Bader took over as its chairman.
Bader described the meeting attended by all airlines except three as very fruitful.
All the airline managers agreed on the importance of holding regular BAR meetings and decided to have them on the third Monday of every second month, said Bader.
“It was also decided to have regular interactions with Civil Aviation Affairs and the Association of Bahrain Travel and Tours Agents to develop programmes in the best interest of the travel and tourism industry,” he said.
“The meeting underlined the importance of promoting inbound tourism to Bahrain. BAR will support airlines which come out with plans and proposals to make Bahrain a destination for international tourists.”
Bader said all the regional and international airlines agreed to support Gulf Air, the main sponsor of the Formula One Grand Prix scheduled for April, in promoting the long awaited event.
Airline Operators Committee chairman Ahmed Hameed reported on the latest development at the Bahrain International Airport, including the opening of the new first class lounge and preparations at the airport for the Formula One event.