The second phase of the tourism survey initiative, organized by Bahrain Tourism & Exhibitions Authority in partnership with the eGovernment Authority and the King Fahad Causeway Police Department, has been launched.
BTEA and eGovernment representatives visited the King Fahad Causeway, the location of the survey. Workers with the two authorities monitored the procedures and actions of those conducting the survey and theoretical training to ensure all processes were compliant with the international standards set out by the World Tourism Organization.
“We are delighted to partner with the eGovernment Authority to roll out this tourism survey program, which will enable us to better monitor and understand the tourism sector and help us in developing plans and strategies to further boost this sector and contribute towards the development of the Kingdom,” Huda Al Hamar, chief of tourism planning at the Bahrain Tourism & Exhibitions Authority, said.
The second phase was initiated, in part, thanks to the successful collection of data from the first phase. Phase two will take about 12 months to complete, allotting time away from the project during holidays. The lengthy timeline is to allow the researchers to accurately gather needed data for the TSA regarding the visitors' characteristics and tourism spending.
The Tourism Survey Project 2015-2018, which is in line with the goals of the national tourism strategy, is designed to offer regional leaders and policy makers needed information to create strategic plans to grow the tourism industry in Bahrain. The data must offer accurate indicators of tourists’ habits to allow the best decision for the region.