According to the latest data released by the Turkish Consulate General Cultural and Information office for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, some 28,775 Bahraini travelers landed in Turkey’s many international airports, from the period starting January 1st to May 30th 2018.
Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national airlines, had announced a code share agreement with Turkish airlines last year and applies to daily flights operated by both carriers to Manama and Istanbul. Gulf Air officials had stated that the agreement was put in place to directly respond to growing passenger demand.
In 2016, some 17,500 travelers from Bahrain traveled to Turkey, a number that grew to 22,031 travelers in 2017. These growing numbers of visitors further reinforce the strong historic ties between Bahrain and Turkey and both countries have expressed their intentions to encourage two-way travel, trade, tourism and investment opportunities.
“Turkey continues to be an attractive destination for Bahraini business people, holidaymakers and those seeking medical services due to our strong cultural ties together,” said Salah Ozer, Turkey’s Attaché of Culture and Information. “The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) recently named Turkey as the world’s sixth most visited country in 2017, welcoming 39.9 million tourists. Such achievements and accolades will help in growing the number of tourists traveling to Turkey in 2018.”
Other countries in the GCC also saw significant growth where Kuwait saw 90,590 travelers depart to Turkey in from the period starting January 1st to May 30th 2018, 28,775 from Qatar, and 15,417 from the UAE over the same period.