A visit to
They will be able to opt to experience an exploration of pearling that
A high-powered committee, under the direction of His Royal Highness Prince
The ministerial committee, which was first proposed following a meeting between the Crown Prince and the
It aims to increase tourism's contribution to the economy through a variety of methods – such as developing new products and experiences that make
Despite tourisms' relatively low contribution to the
"Challenges faced by the industry, as identified by hoteliers and tour operators, include an insufficient provision of tour opportunities for visitors and a lack of differentiation between
Dr Abdulaziz also mentioned that there will also be a dedicated fund for project development, marketing and building capacity - primarily funded by a five per cent tourism tax.
The Bahrain Tourism Strategy 2015-2018, drawn up by the
Encouraging more Bahraini's to work in tourism is a key part of the
The number of citizens working in the sector, known as the 'Bahrainisation rate' has fallen dramatically in the past decade from a high of 33 per cent or more to last years' figure of just 18 per cent, GDN stated.
"Raising the competence and productivity of tourism employees, strengthening tourism education and training provision, introducing a tour guide training and license scheme, and launching a domestic tourism awareness campaign are also part of this strategy, said Dr Abdulaziz.
"There is a high dependency on one market segment in particular – bachelors from Saudi – and a lack of training opportunities for public officials involved in managing the tourism sector and limited public-private sector co-ordination and co-operation only add to the challenges," she added.
The GDN reported in April that a five-year strategy was being launched in a bid to encourage more Bahraini's to work for the hospitality sector.
Plans have been approved by the Cabinet for a specialised training institute, which would seek to change the misconceptions among citizens that the industry is "not compatible with social values," it said. –
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