Bahrain-Israel to sign a bilateral tourism agreement

By Monitoring Desk
Wednesday – December 2, 2020
JERUSALEM (Israel): Israeli tourism minister (TM) Orit Farkash-Hacohen welcomed, Tuesday, the first Gulf Air flight from Bahrain to Israel, along with a delegation of key stakeholders in the tourism industry led by Bahraini economy and tourism minister (ETM) Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani.

According to a press release, the Bahraini delegation landed in Israel to sign a bilateral tourism agreement.

Israeli TM Farkash-Hacohen said, “The opening of direct flights, and the travel of people between the countries, is an essential step towards building peace between our nations.”

She continued, “I am honoured to welcome Bahraini ETM Al Zayani, who arrived with the head of the tourism authority and members of the business sector to promote mutual tourism between the countries.”

Israeli TM Farkash-Hacohen continued, “I look forward to host Bahraini ETM Al Zayani and his delegation, show them a taste of Israel’s scenes and heritage, and introduce them to Israel’s private tourism sector.”

During the visit, which will last until Thursday, Israel’s education ministry will hold a series of working meetings between the visitors and key players in the local tourism industry, including Israel Hotel Association (IHA) president Amir Hayak, The Israel Association of Travel Agencies and Consultants (TIATAC) chief executive officer (CEO) Tali Laufer and Incoming Tour Operators Association (ITOA) CEO Yossi Fatael.

Additionally, the Bahraini delegation will tour Jerusalem and visit Tel Aviv.

Discussions will revolve around mutual promotion packages and tourism initiatives, as well as turning Israel to a destination for Gulf Air flights from other countries.

On Wednesday, Israeli TM Farkash-Hacohen and Bahraini ETM Al Zayani will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the field of tourism, which includes the establishment of a bilateral forum to promote mutual tourism, with representatives from both governments and the public sector of each country.

“For the past two months we have worked hard to turn peace from an idea to reality, and the tourism MoU between the countries is an important step in that direction,” Israeli TM Farkash-Hacohen mentioned.

She said, “The tens of thousands of tourists who will arrive from Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) when the skies reopen will experience Israel in the best way possible.”

Israeli TM Farkash-Hacohen concluded, “Such visits contribute not only to building peace between the countries and people, but also towards strengthening Israel as a tourist destination for millions of people from around the world.”

The Bahraini delegation includes, in addition to the minister, the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) director, Gulf Air CEO and chief commercial officer (CCO) and Association of Bahrain Travel and Tour Agents (ABTTA) chairman.