Abu Dhabi is poised to become the regional hub for the lucrative and growing halal travel sector delegates heard today at the opening of the first World Halal Travel Summit (WHTS2015), being staged in the UAE capital.

That is the strong message delivered by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) Acting Director General, HE Jasem Al Darmaki to senior private and public sector delegates from the global Halal travel and tourism industry at WHTS2015, which is taking place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) in Abu Dhabi, and runs until 21 October. The keynote conference session is one of a number of seminars from industry-leading organisations, destinations and service providers delivering tourism products compliant with Muslim beliefs in a three-day programme investigating destination marketing, product development and quality standards in the halal travel sector.

Delivered with the support of Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau – the dedicated business events promotion arm of TCA Abu Dhabi, the multi-faceted event includes an exhibition with over 200 participants plus a 1,000-delegate conference, comprising keynote sessions, panel discussions, a Ministerial debate and 150 presentations from 70 international speakers. They will be discussing what the industry can do to ensure it harnesses the potential of the growing halal travel sector, worth an estimated US $238bn by 2019, whilst maintaining and initiating industry-wide quality standards.

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