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Events have been planned to celebrate Bahrain’s year as the Capital of Arab Tourism in 2013. MICE venues, such as the Bahrain Exhibition and Conference Authority’s complex at Sanabis, seek to offer a diverse range of meeting spaces, often in conjunction with hotels. Cruise ships are expected to further boost visitor numbers: the kingdom saw a record number of cruise ship arrivals for Bahrain in the 2011-12 season, and an estimated 70,000 cruise tourists are expected during the 2012-13 season. The authorities are also looking to upgrade the quality of accommodation on offer at the lower end of the market to broaden appeal to families.