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George F. Middleton
 
First Word

Dear Readers,

In this issue, in recognition of World Tourism Day on September 27, we take a look at what 'Destination Bahrain' has to offer, and what we can expect from this integral sector of the economy in the months ahead. The 'Discovering a Kingdom' feature takes us around the island to see the rich and diverse attractions that Bahrain has to offer; whether it is a day out with the family, a weekend break or a fine dining experience, as residents, we are increasingly spoilt for choice.

Serviced residences - a growing segment of the tourism market - offer an alternative to hotels for short- and long-stay periods. We experience what's on offer by spending 24 hours at Fraser Suites Seef and include interviews with players in this market space.

In our interviews with those in the hospitality sector three words are frequently mentioned - clarity, consistency and attitude. Our interviews with Dr Essa Faqih, managing director at Exceed Hospitality and advisor to Al Areen Palace & Spa, and Greg Pirkle, the general manager of the soon-to-open Four Seasons Bahrain Bay, expand on these words. The same is true when talking to Herve Peyre, the general manager at Swiss-Belhotel, and Dr Elie Flouty, the media consultant at the Ministry of Culture.

Elsewhere, our happenings pages are full of events around town as people return from their summer holidays and we gear up for the last couple of months of the year. From a Cambodian ballet performance to a pop stars' evening there is plenty to keep us entertained.

We also talk to Andrew Weaver, about his new photography book, and aspiring golf professional, Daniel Owen. Our Jaguar Land Rover Backseat Chat guest this month is Akram Miknas, and we visit one of Kingdom's newest dining venues, La Vinoteca Barcelona.

There is something old and new in the personal pampering business. Dessange celebrates 10 years of operations while The Domain Hotel opens its latest outlet, Vie Lifestyle Lab. In our motoring pages, we take the new Volkswagen Beetle around town for a quick spin.

Whatever you do this month, here's to enjoying the great way of life that the Kingdom has to offer.