A new decision on banning the sale of alcohol shakes the hospitality industry
A ban on serving and selling alcohol in three-star hotels is imminent, states a recent announcement from Bahrain’s Ministry of Culture. This comes after a year of discussions between the ministry and hoteliers about enhancing the quality of tourism accommodation in Bahrain, the announcement says.
The statement reads, ‘The Ministry of Culture issued its Decision Number 5 for the year 2014 on Thursday 12 July, banning serving and selling alcohol in three-star hotels. It also prohibited presenting Arab and foreign art shows and recruiting artists belonging to either gender.’
In 2009, a similar decision was made relating to one- and two-star hotels.
The decision is not sudden, states the Ministry of Culture, and has been taken with the aim of improving hotel standards on the island. ‘The decision has been taken following reports of immoral activities taking place in some hotels…
‘The income of these hotels mainly depends on facilities and not the rooms, which constitute only 23 percent of their profits.’
It ends by saying the ministry has given investors the chance to upgrade their hotel services to four-star hotel standards but an effective ban on illegal activities will be upheld until then.
However, today (July 14) it was reported in one of Bahrain’s national newspapers, the Gulf Daily News, that ‘crunch talks will be held today between business leaders and government officials’.