The Bahrain Chamber for Commerce and Industry (BCCI) has put forth tips and plans to revive the tourism and hospitality sectors that have been severely impacted by the pandemic.
In a report released yesterday on the economic impacts of the coronavirus crisis, the chamber has stressed the importance of domestic tourism, implementing health and safety protocols and preparing comprehensive tourism recovery plans.
The BCCI has said that like many countries, there should be more emphasis on developing domestic tourism by catering to the needs of residents and citizens.
Hotels and airlines must also increase flexibility by providing customers with the option of rescheduling over outright cancellations and promoting local tourism offers.
The BCCI said while the tourism sector’s emergence from the crisis will not be without aftershocks, the sector has withstood many crises in the past including the SARS epidemic in 2003 and the global financial crisis of 2008-2009. It emphasised the sector’s role in revitalising the economy once the crisis is over.