UAE: The World Halal Travel Summit & Exhibition, Abu Dhabi

whts abudhabiGlobal governments and tourism boards identify the potential of the Halal tourism market
Three day free-to-attend Summit & Exhibition takes place from 19th – 21st October 2015 at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi
The World Halal Travel Summit (WHTS15) is exclusively supported by The Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority

Palestine, Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka are the latest countries to commit to The World Halal Travel Summit & Exhibition, joining Malaysia, Turkey, UAE, Canada, Australia, Croatia, Egypt, Tanzania and many more who are exhibiting and sponsoring at the event.

Andy Buchanan, Director, WHTS15 stated “The unrivaled support the summit is receiving on the global stage from the Abu Dhabi Government means that so many leading tourism organisations feel so enthusiastic about participating in the inaugural event. We are delighted to announce that Palestine has a large and important presence at WHTS15 which demonstrates not only how important they feel being part of the summit is but is also a testament to their future tourism ambitions in this space“.

The World Halal Travel Summit & Exhibition, taking place in Abu Dhabi from the 19th to 21st of October 2015, is an all encompassing networking, educational and business event, putting Halal travel buyers and influencers directly in touch with companies and countries looking to grow their market share in the Halal tourism arena. WHTS15 offers a unique opportunity for exhibitors to meet international key decision makers and buyers, all in one place at one time.

Milanka Gajanayake, Director General of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau commented on their country participation: “Sri Lanka is a tourism world leader and increasing arrivals via Halal tourists is an important component to us achieving our future tourism goals. We are delighted to exclusively partner WHTS15 in Abu Dhabi and look forward to highlighting our country to the world’s senior Halal tourism buyers”.

Confirmed exhibitors include: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Shurooq, HMH Hotels, Etihad, Emirates Palace, Premiere Group, Landmark Hotels, Mawasim Tourism & Holidays, Jannah Hotels, R Hotels and many more.

“Shurooq is participating in WHTS15 to demonstrate the social, cultural, environmental and economic potential of Sharjah to accommodate Halal tourism and to direct new investment into this booming niche sector.” said H.E. Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq).

To enquire about participating in the World Halal Travel Summit & Exhibition please contact Andy Buchanan, Director, or Shelly McDonald, Marketing Director, on +971 4 360 3109 or via, or

About The World Halal Travel Summit & Exhibition:
Exclusively supported by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and taking place in Abu Dhabi from the 19th to 21st of October 2015, WHTS15 is a unique opportunity to network with 6,000 OIC travel agents, hospitality groups, hoteliers, developers, investors and key decision makers from the booming Halal tourism market.

The Halal travel and tourism market is:

• Growing at 100% faster than any other niche travel sector

• Currently representative of $135 billion of outbound bookings

• Independently forecast to grow to $200 Billion by 2020

• A substantial generator of immediate and long-term business with maximum revenue

WHTS15 is designed to match trade buyers with leading brands operating in the Halal travel sector, offering exhibitors and visitors an exclusive, all-encompassing Halal tourism business generation opportunity, in addition to high-level networking with:

• Travel agent buyers from up to 57 OIC countries

• 6,000 tourism trade buyers

• VIP & Ministerial delegations

• 100’s of exhibitors

Contact Andy Buchanan, Director, on or Shelly McDonald, Marketing Director, on or visit for further information.

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