Preparations for the 2nd World Halal Tourism Summit (WHTS) is fast underway.
The event scheduled to be held in Abu Dhabi from 21-25 November 2016 and part of the inaugural International Travel Week (ITW), will also play host to the world’s biggest hosted buyers programme for global travel professionals.
The event looks to attract more than 6,000 travel professionals including travel agents, hospitality groups, hoteliers, developers and key international decision makers from around the world.
ITW Abu Dhabi is a five-day exhibition at the same venue that plays host to 10 distinct travel events simultaneously – Halal Tourism, World Halal Travel Awards, Education Tourism, Eco Tourism, Medical Tourism, Cruise Tourism, Sports Tourism, Shopping Tourism, Family Friendly Tourism and Ministerial Tourism.
The 2016 is expected to eclipse the results achieved at the 2015 edition, which saw 202 exhibitors representing 26 countries generating over US$18.4 million worth of business. In addition to this, a further US$73.5 million worth of business for exhibitors was estimated to stem from leads generated at the show.
Halal tourism is one of the fastest growing areas of global tourism. Excluding Hajj and Umrah, it is set to surpass US$238 billion by 2019 and currently constitutes 12 to 14% of global tourism expenditure.