Bahrain is a blend of con­tem­po­rary de­vel­op­ment and an at­trac­tive lib­eral lifestyle along with a rich cul­ture that wants to set a new stan­dard for ro­man­tic el­e­gance. Su­nil Matha­p­ati, Coun­try Man­ager, Bahrain Tourism & Ex­hi­bi­tion Author­ity, re­veals more

Micetalk - - Wedding - Hazel Jain

What trends are you wit­ness­ing for des­ti­na­tion wed­dings in Bahrain?

Bahrain is a new en­trant in the tourism space for the In­dian mar­ket. It has been a wed­ding des­ti­na­tion in the GCC. Since In­dia is a huge wed­ding mar­ket, we have de­signed a wellthough­t out strat­egy to at­tract wed­dings from In­dia. Many fac­tors works in our favour like the fly­ing time from In­dia which is be­low four hours, the va­ri­ety of five-star in­ter­na­tional ho­tel op­tions, and a va­ri­ety of beau­ti­ful venues. The av­er­age length of stay can range from three nights to five nights. As a new des­ti­na­tion in the des­ti­na­tion wed­ding space, we have opened our doors for all types of func­tions.

Which are your main mar­kets from In­dia for wed­dings?

Mum­bai, New Delhi, Ahmed­abad, Kolkata and Chen­nai are our main mar­kets. We will be do­ing in­no­va­tive pro­mo­tions of Bahrain which will give vis­i­bil­ity to the des­ti­na­tion.

Tell us about the re­cent wed­ding plan­ner trip you con­ducted?

The last wed­ding plan­ner fa­mil­iari­sa­tion con­sisted of plan­ners from Mum­bai. We had a mix of plan­ner and event man­agers who were con­sid­er­ing Bahrain for their clients. The itin­er­ary was well planned with a visit to six five-star ho­tels. A wed­ding pre­sen­ta­tion was given by all the ho­tels and a de­tailed QnA ses­sion was con­ducted with their sales team, ban­quet man­agers and chefs to un­der­stand their de­liv­er­ables. Vis­its were con­ducted in var­i­ous out­door venues like au­then­tic Ara­bic lo­ca­tions, the Royal Golf Course, Arad Fort and Pri­vate Is­lands. Lastly, the Wed­ding De­part­ment of the Min­istry gave a brief pre­sen­ta­tion on how they can as­sist at ev­ery step to en­sure smooth func­tion­ing of the event.

Which venues in Bahrain are gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity for wed­dings?

A va­ri­ety of ban­quet halls makes ev­ery five-star ho­tel unique. The most pop­u­lar are The Four Sea­sons, Ritz Carl­ton, Sof­i­tel and Art Rotana. Ho­tels like Novo­tel and Elite are also gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity. From scenic and serene to clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary, Bahrain's ho­tels are truly di­verse and promis­ing. One venue which is gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity is Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Bahrain Bay that of­fers a sense of pri­vacy, ex­clu­siv­ity and grandeur and can ac­com­mo­date any­thing from 30 to 550 guests. Chic, mod­ern de­sign meets lo­cal tra­di­tion in ball­rooms, with an ex­pan­sive out­door ter­race and oval-shaped lawn that has views of the Manama sky­line.

What kind of sup­port do you of­fer to the wed­ding plan­ners?

As a tourism board, we of­fer as­sis­tance at ev­ery stage dur­ing plan­ning and mon­i­tor ev­ery fa­cil­ity to en­sure there is a smooth op­er­a­tions which will en­sure a smile for fam­i­lies and plan­ners. We are also geared up to han­dle any last minute re­quests.

Are drones al­lowed in Bahrain for photograph­y/video shoot?

Yes, drones are al­lowed in Bahrain for photograph­y and video pur­poses. How­ever, we need prior per­mis­sions.

PIC­TURE COUR­TESY: Bahrain Tourism and Ex­hi­bi­tions Au­thor­ity

Su­nil Matha­p­ati

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