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Abu Dhabi to host World Halal Tourism Summit
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Abu Dhabi to host World Halal Tourism Summit

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The 2017 World Halal Tourism Summit comes to the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre from November 25 to 26 where the booming sector is set to come under the spotlight.

The event, part of International Travel Week (ITW) Abu Dhabi, will tap into the global Halal tourism boom, valued at AED569 billion (US$155 billion). Once considered a niche sector, it has rocketed in recent years – with particular growth from high net worth travellers from the Gulf Arab states.

According to the 2017 Global Muslim Travel Index report, Halal traveller spend is anticipated to almost double to AED1.1 trillion (US$300 billion) by 2026. Another research study by Amadeus found that, on average, a traveller from the UAE and the broader Middle East spends approximately AED38,200 (US$10,400) per trip outside the Gulf.

Among the confirmed exhibitors for this year’s event are Wonderful Indonesia, Dinar Standard, HalalBooking, the South Africa Ministry of Tourism, Chile’s National Tourism Service, Tripfez and the Azerbaijan Tourism Authority.

The two-day schedule will include free-to-attend seminars from industry experts, plus a hosted buyer programme.

Andy Buchanan, CEO of ITW Abu Dhabi organiser Cacti Media, said: “The World Halal Tourism Summit not only shapes the future of Halal tourism, but also educates, demonstrates and delivers new business opportunities.”