Swiss-Belhotel expands in Bahrain

BAHRAIN, 26 April 2017: Strengthening its foothold in Bahrain, Swiss-Belhotel International (SBI) will triple its inventory of rooms in the Kingdom this year with the opening of two new hotels.

Grand Swiss-Belresort Seef, a 189-key five-star resort, will open in the last quarter of this year, with a new residential property due to open in Juffair in December 2017 after it has been re-branded Swiss-Belresidences. These two new properties will be joining the existing Swiss-Belhotel Seef.

Swiss-Belhotel International chairman and president, Gavin M Faull, said: “The new developments are in line with our multi-brand growth strategy and reinforce our commitment to Bahrain where we continue to see a strong demand.”

Bahrain is making significant investment into its tourism-related infrastructure, including a USD1.1 billion airport expansion, and also has plans to expand its current exhibition centre to accommodate large-scale events across all categories.

Speaking at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai, Swiss-Belhotel International’s senior vice president, operations and development for the Middle East, Africa and India, Laurent Voivenel said: “The tourism industry in Bahrain is growing rapidly with the Kingdom expecting to welcome 15.8 million annual visitors by 2018. This has significantly pushed the demand for quality hotels.”