Discussing Bahrain’s hospitality landscape with Jason Rodgers, GM of Four Seasons Bahrain Bay

Discussing Bahrain’s hospitality landscape with Jason Rodgers, GM of Four Seasons Bahrain Bay


Jason Rodgers, GM of Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, delves into Bahrain’s hospitality challenges and opportunities, revealing what the future holds.

What makes Bahrain’s hospitality sector unique?

Decades ago, Bahrain began emerging as an international destination and an economic hub. The kingdom has a rich history and UNESCO World Heritage sites. Furthermore, it established the first airline in the Gulf. Moreover, the country boasts a unique blend of authenticity and modernity. At the Four Seasons, we’re fortunate to collaborate with many talented Bahraini colleagues across various hotel departments and roles. Additionally, in partnership with hospitality schools, we mentor young Bahrainis to help them succeed in the world of hospitality.

What are some of the challenges faced by the hospitality industry in Bahrain and what opportunities exist?

Increasing competition in our region presents both a challenge and an opportunity for growth. Furthermore, interest in GCC countries is rising among international travelers, as they seek to explore multiple destinations and experience different cultures within our region. Manama was named as the Gulf Tourism Capital in 2024. Furthermore, the unveiling of the region’s largest exhibition center and hosting major events has positioned Bahrain as a premier destination.

How do you envision the future of Bahrain’s hospitality sector?

While competition is on the rise, with the increase in the supply of new hotels, residences and dining venues, we see this as an opportunity to develop our destination. The efforts of the Bahrain Tourism & Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) play a crucial role. The concerts, events, and cultural celebrations organized by BTEA, historical and entertainment attractions, and the newly completed Pearling Path, an impressive trail showcasing the kingdom’s pearling traditions and boasting its history, add to our destination and industry.

What differentiates local travelers from international guests?

Expectations at Four Seasons are consistent globally; guests anticipate the same quality and service wherever they stay worldwide.

Four Seasons’ hospitality thrives on crafting personalized experiences, ensuring guests create cherished memories through meticulous attention to detail.

Do you have any news you would like to share with our readers?

In January, we inaugurated our latest beachfront eatery, Byblos, renowned for serving Bahrain’s finest Lebanese cuisine. Positioned on its own island, our hotel not only provides leisure but also serves as a culinary haven. Featuring diverse culinary options, from contemporary Asian to Mediterranean and Lebanese cuisine, it caters to foodies. Furthermore our restaurant CUT by Wolfgang Puck received consecutive recognitions in 50 Best for the MENA region.


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Rita Ghantous

Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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