Manama, Bahrain – The Marriott Executive Apartments Manama, Bahrain has recently welcomed the group of American Express Travel who visited Bahrain for courtesy and familiarization. The fam trip was organized by the Gulf Air and Marriott Global Sales Office London with the purpose of tightening relationship between the Gulf Air, American Express and travel industries in both Bahrain and the United Kingdom. The group, which consists of 10 travel professionals from London, had an opportunity to visit the Royal Gulf Club, Bahrain International Circuit, Ritz Carlton, Al Dar island and some other places of interest in the Kingdom.
Director of Sales Marriott Executive Apartments Manama Marwan Haddad (back row, first from left), Sales Manager Marriott London Global Sales Jill Galt (front row, first from left) and Key Account Manager Gulf Air Gianni Salvadori (back row, first from right) with members of Amex-Gulf Air familiarization trip.
"We are pleased to welcome and host the Amex-Gulf Air Bahrain Fam trip, as we truly support travel industries in London to promote Bahrain in the UK market," said Director of Sales Marriott Executive Apartments Manama, Marwan Haddad.
Jill Galt from Marriott Global Sales Office based in London said that the tour was one of the efforts to promote Bahrain destination in the UK market. Looking at the current trend, Jill sees there is a significant demand in London for both business and leisure travel. Jill added, through a good consolidation with all stakeholders and particularly mutual cooperation with airline industries like the Gulf Air, Bahrain could be an international hub, linking to GCC countries and other destinations such as Asia Pacific.
"This is a great opportunity to visit Bahrain and meet our partners in the airlines, hotels and travel industry and I would like to thank Marriott Executive Apartments for giving us a wonderful stay at their luxury accommodation," said Jill.
Familiarization trip in airlines, travel and hospitality industry is a tradition among travel and hospitality professionals to visit various destinations with the purpose of maintaining good relationship, promoting destinations and therefore to enhance business opportunities.
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