Israel and Bahrain signs historic MoU on tourism

By Monitoring Desk
Friday – December 4, 2020
JERUSALEM (Israel): Israeli tourism minister (TM) Orit Farkash-Hacohen and Bahraini industry, commerce and tourism minister (ICTM) Zayed bin Rashid Al-Zayani, on Wednesday, signed the historic memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the field of tourism, as Israel and Bahrain continue to build upon the Abraham accords regional peace initiative.

According to a press release on Thursday, the document was signed in the Israeli capital, the MoU is the first of its kind between Israel and the Arab states in the Gulf and includes a number of sections on bilateral cooperation between the governments and the private sector in the field of tourism.

At the ceremony in Jerusalem, Bahraini ICTM Al-Zayani said that he and his delegation were returning to Bahrain with lots of hope and ambition that we will forge peace signed by our leadership, so it transmits to every Israeli and Bahraini citizen.

Israeli TM Farkash-Hacohen responded that the historic visit was dedicated to bilateral professional meetings between the two ministries, to explore new opportunities and promote tourism initiatives between the two countries.

She added that airlines, hotel representatives, travel agents and tour operators from both sides met to discuss practical plans and initiatives in the field of tourism.

The MoU, Israeli TM Farkash-Hacohen stressed, provides the framework to turn ideas into plans and plans into packages and added, “Together, we can create packages for regional tourism, offering tourists from Brazil, China or Australia or the Philippines to visit both our countries.”

The MoU calls to develop various types of travel such as for families, wellness, business, and others.

Additionally, the MoU establishes a joined committee headed by the ministers, which will meet regularly to promote joint ventures among travel agents, airlines, tour operators, and all relevant industry representatives.

Israeli TM Farkash-Hacohen stated that she will work to open travel for Bahraini tourists as soon as possible, and stated, “Governments sign treaties, but people create peace.”

She continued, “This is why signing a bilateral tourism MoU is so important.”

Israeli TM Farkash-Hacohen concluded, “We are encouraging travel between our countries, we are encouraging people to meet and interact with each other, we are connecting two cultures” adding “By doing so, we are encouraging true and lasting peace."

Bahraini ICTM Al-Zayani said, “You will find in us a true partner, a genuine investor and a frank friend.”

He continued, “We feel there is a real opportunity to develop tourism between our two countries, and beyond.”

Bahraini ICTM Al-Zayani mentioned, “And we invite you and welcome you to use Bahrain as a springboard to the rest of the world, and we look forward to use Israel as a springboard for us to the rest of the world.”

He concluded, “No doubt Covid-19 (coronavirus) put a lot of pressure on the hospitality and tourism sector, it is our responsibility to make sure this sector is back on its feet as soon as possible” adding “I would like to extend an open invitation to you and to all Israelis to come and visit our country.”