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Illegal tourism office closed over violations

Bahrain News
Tue, 11 Sep 2018

AN unlicensed tourism office that was allegedly scamming customers has been shut down.

The Industry, Commerce and Tourism Ministry closed the company yesterday as part of efforts to monitor and inspect commercial businesses.

The company was reportedly operating as a tourism agency without a licence and, according to well-informed sources, it had been scamming Saudi tourists by lying to them about winning trips and prizes.

“They would tell their customers, mostly people from Saudi, that they had won a prize or a trip through a raffle draw while they did no such thing,” said the sources to the GDN.

“They would bring these people to their office in Bahrain, which was big and had several employees, but they were in no way licensed or official.”

In a statement issued yesterday, the ministry called on anyone dealing with tourism companies to ensure they possessed proper licences and authorisation prior to signing any contract or agreement on the rental or purchase of residential units in order to avoid the occurrence of fraud or other similar scams.

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