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Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority (BTEA) organised the GCC inaugural meeting on January 25 – 26, which took place in Manama.

The meeting aimed to promote the tourism industry and boost business across the GCC countries.

Key representatives participated in the meeting and subjects discussed included the Gulf's geographical location, economic feasibilities, and future challenges faced in achieving integration and interdependence.

The meeting's outcome was a general agreement on the industry's crucial role in the sustainable development of tourism across the Arabian Gulf.

Khalid bin Humood Al Khalifa, CEO, BTEA, noted, "Our next step will focus on strengthening the Gulf's identity through the launch of a joint marketing strategy, […] stimulating the net contribution of the tourism sector to the national economy, which also falls in line with the overall economic vision for the Kingdom.''