Gulf Daily News - 8/5/2006
A MAJOR tourism showcase that opens tomorrow is a total sell-out, it was announced yesterday.
The Bahrain International Travel Expo (BITE) 2006 will be held under the patronage of Crown Prince and BDF Commander-in-Chief Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa at the Bahrain International Exhibition Centre (BIEC). All the stalls at the event have been booked by national, regional and international travel companies and tourism boards, said organisers MEEM.
"We are happy that the world-class travel expo BITE 2006 is a total sell-out," added MEEM general manager Jacob Kristiansen.
"There are a total of 64 exhibitors from 25 countries including 12 travel companies from Bahrain, which have already registered."
The Bahrain tourism department stand will highlight the rich cultural heritage of Bahrain.
The Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) will be using the expo to promote its complete range of corporate entertainment facilities, as well as its potential as a venue for cultural, social, trade and seminar based events.
"Our aim is to utilise the circuit 365 days of the year through hosting motor sports events, corporate functions and private gatherings," said BIC's director of public relations and governmental affairs Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa. Etisalcom, which is Gold Sponsor, will promote its More International Calling Cards.
Etisalcom Bahrain is participating in the BITE Exhibition to seek trade partners for distribution of its products to the travel industry, said chief executive officer Rashid Snan.
"BITE is nicely timed just before the kick-off of the travel season and we see it as an excellent opportunity," he added.
Abdulla Al Raeesi, deputy group chief executive officer of Ahli United Bank said BITE has helped to further expand the booming travel and tourism industry of Bahrain.
"Our bank expects to tie up with travel firms/tour operators to sell their loan or credit cards for customers to finance their travel/holiday," he added. Elite Group - Luxury Apartments and Hotels, which is the official accommodation provider, will launch its latest property - Elite Falcon Towers - which is scheduled to open in June this year.
The Indian Hotels Company Ltd, Middle East, representing the Taj Group of Resorts and Palaces, is looking towards BITE as a forum to meet prospective target audiences and other travel professionals.
The Accor group of hotels and Sri Lanka Tourism are also among the exhibitors. Sunshine Tours will also sign new partnership agreements at the expo.
Expectations from the travel trade at BITE 2006 have been high, said MEEM executive director Abraham John.
"With the changes taking place in the travel industry, agencies need to think differently," he added." BITE is planned to be a world-class event and is already featured in the international travel calendar as an annual show, said Mr John.