Great new for tourists going to Bahrain!
Bahrain has slashed visa fees by 80%!
Now, Indians will have to shell out only Bahraini Dinar 5 (Rs 889) instead of the earlier Bahraini Dinar 25 (Rs 4,446). "We want more Indians to explore the country's history and its entertainment, including nightlife, and retail culture," said Jerad Bachar, executive director (tourism) of Bahrain Economic Development Board. Bahrain is also pitching itself as a short-haul destination from India. The airfare and flight time for a Mumbai-Bahrain trip is more or less equal to a Mumbai-Delhi journey. "There is excellent air connectivity between Bahrain and India with 75 flights a week. Bahrain is undertaking a $1 billion airport expansion programme and once completed, it will be able to handle 14 million passengers from the current nine million," Bachar added.
Besides, Bahrain's tourism board is setting up its first office in India, an indication of its seriousness to draw traffic from the country as well as promote Bahrain as a niche destination.
Bahrain's thrust on tourism is understandable. Unlike some Gulf states, whose income is fuelled by oil, Bahrain doesn't have much oil reserves. Its economy is driven by financial services followed by tourism. Tourism contributed 5.3% to Bahrain's revenue in 2015.