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Turkey PM to inaugurate world’s biggest international halal tourism conference
April 27, 2016, 4:10 pm

The Prime Minister of Turkey will be the guest of honor and inaugurate the world’s biggest international halal tourism conference which is scheduled to take place from 3 to 5 May at the Dedeman Convention Centre Konya, Turkey. The conference will bring together some of the world’s leading names in the travel industry.

The Prime Minister of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu, will officially open the two-day conference themed ‘Developing Halal Tourism Industries’ which aims to shape the future of a sector currently worth $150 billion.

The conference will feature a number of keynote speeches, panel discussions and workshops and will also see new tourism campaigns and projects launched.

Alongside the conference, there will also be a three-day exhibition featuring businesses from across the world.

Delegates from destinations such as UAE, Saudi, Iran, Singapore, UK, USA, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Africa, Kuwait, Qatar are expected to attend including tourism boards, travel agencies, tour operators, hotels and airlines. This year’s event will also feature from Hajj and Umrah providers, financial institutions and food and drink businesses.

It is the second time the event is being held in Europe following the success of the inaugural event in Andalucía, Spain.

A recent study has revealed that in 2015 the estimated total Muslim visitor arrivals were 117 million representing close to 10% of the entire travel economy. This is forecasted to grow to 168 million visitors by 2020 and 11% of the market segment with a market value projected to exceed $200 billion.

Organizer Bilal Domah, from CM Media based in UK, said: “We are honored that the Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu will be opening this ground-breaking event.

“We have one of the strongest line-ups ever seen for a conference of this kind and we are confident that this event will shape the future agenda of the Halal tourism sector.

“Alongside some very interesting seminars and keynote speeches, we are excited about the launch of some very innovative projects and products that are set to revolutionize the industry especially from a technology perspective.”

Confirmed guest speakers at the event will include Dr. Bandar, Fahad al Fehaid, Delegation of Arab Tourism Organization of the Arab League, Fazal Bahardeen, CEO of Crescentrating & Halal Trip, Riyanto Sofyan Chairman of the team for Accelerated Development of Halal Tourism, Indonesia, Irfan Onal, Director General, Ministry Of Culture and Tourism Promotion and Rafi-Uddin Shikoh, CEO of Dinar Standard and Tariq Mahmood Director and Founder of Andalucian Routes.

Topics and workshops to be discussed include Halal tourism and technology, opportunities and trends within Muslim women and young travel market, The market opportunity for European destinations, how to meet the demands of the 21st Century Muslim traveller and integrating travel and technology to deliver the ultimate Halal friendly travel experience.

The conference will be hosted alongside an exhibition that will last for three days with the final day opened to trade and public. It will feature exhibitors from Turkey and the rest of the world.

The Halal Tourism Conference 2016 takes place from the 3rd to 5th May 2016 at the Dedeman Convention Centre in Konya, Turkey.

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