World Islamic Travel Summit to debut in Abu Dhabi in Oct 2015

UAE will be hosting the World Islamic Travel Summit (WITS15) in October 2015. Set to be held in the capital Abu Dhabi, the summit is the largest showcase of halal travel and tourism solutions, and will be organized under the theme ‘Driving the Halal Tourism Revolution’.

The event will run from October 19th – 21st 2015, over two halls at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), and is expected to bring in high profile international government delegates, tourism associations, private sector operators and top financiers of Islamic tourism projects.

The multi-faceted event will include an exhibition with 200+ participants and a 1000-delegate conference featuring over 100 presentations from 70 international speakers, panel discussions, a Ministerial debate and keynote conference sessions. The keynote sessions will focus on practical aspects on how to increase intra tourism within Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) states, and will encompass innovative technologies, capacity building and entrepreneurship, private sector roles and how local bodies can adapt to international thinking.

WITS15 is organized by Cacti Events alongside Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau, which is the business events promotion division of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi). Approximately 60 countries will be represented at WITS15. The event will focus on intra-tourism between 57 OIC states, which has members from over four continents.

WITS15 Events Manager Hosam Moustafa stressed the importance of WITS15 saying: ‘The time is right for an event of this size and scope to address the needs of this vast international sector, and Abu Dhabi, with its award-winning ADNEC and event facilities in the heart of this market, is an ideal venue and host.” He went on to say that “WITS15 is a major opportunity for tourism bodies, private tourism companies and professionals interested in developing business models in the Halal Travel space – perhaps the single most important meeting of the decade for this sector”

Sultan Al Dhaheri, Acting Executive Director of Tourism, TCA Abu Dhabi added: ‘Expenditure by halal tourists is expected to rise more than 6 percent per annum for the foreseeable future, which is almost double global industry growth. With Abu Dhabi now specifically targeting the Halal tourism sector with segment-specific accommodation and product, the staging of this event in the UAE capital will put the spotlight on our offering and ambitions.”

Aalia Mahdi
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