Tourism Assistant Undersecretary: 154 violations reported at four-star hotels

Manama, (BNA)The tourism authorities have today defended their decision to suspend the licences of four-star hotels and ban them from hiring musical bands. “The decision was taken after surveying 154 violations at 28 four-star hotels despite repeated warnings since 2013”, Culture Ministry Assistant Undersecretary for Tourism Shaikh Khalid bin Humood Al-Khalifa said. In a statement to Bahrain

Manama, (BNA)The tourism authorities have today defended their decision to suspend the licences of four-star hotels and ban them from hiring musical bands. 

“The decision was taken after surveying 154 violations at 28 four-star hotels despite repeated warnings since 2013”, Culture Ministry Assistant Undersecretary for Tourism Shaikh Khalid bin Humood Al-Khalifa said. 

In a statement to Bahrain News Agency (BNA), he said a total of 155 violations had been reported in April-May 2013 at 28 four-star hotels, which promoted the tourism directorate to issue a circular in July 2013.

He pointed out that 12 other four-star hotels did not flout the rules and regulations governing the tourism sector, while 28 others violated the law. 

He revealed that hotels, which were found in breach of the law, had transformed restaurants and cafes into discos and dancing floors, hired so-called singers without licences and exceeded the legal work timing which represented an affront to the Bahrain’s social traditions.

He revealed that bids relating to Bahrain’s new tourism identity, pointing plans to set up an investment company as part of efforts to promote the quality of Bahrain’s tourism products. 

In a lengthy interview, he announced the new categorization of hotels and apartment hotels would be approved with a few days as part of the new tourism identity. 

Citing updated official figures, he said that the revenues generated by the tourism sector soared to BD200 million this year, up from BD180 million last year.

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