• Halal, Medical, Shopping and Family Friendly Tourism are key niche tourism segment to highlight during the week-long summit 

International Travel Week-Abu Dhabi (ITW-Abu Dhabi), the world’s only global platform addressing key tourism niche markets such as halal, medical, shopping and family-friendly sector, will play host to the world’s largest hosted buyer programme– providing a unique and powerful backdrop against which the tourism industry’s key players will seek to shape future business and maximise new revenue streams within the fastest growing travel sector that is halal, medical, shopping and family tourism.

Taking place from November 21-25, 2016, at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center, ITW-Abu Dhabi will aim to attract more than 6,000 global travel professionals from different parts of the world and deliver a comprehensive programme which will combine targeted meetings with first-class networking opportunities, inspiring knowledge-bound seminars and innovative experiences, culminating in a glittering gala awards evening to celebrate outstanding achievements across the international halal tourism landscape. 

With a dedicated commitment to the fiercely and hugely influential fast-growing travel and tourism sectors, ITW-Abu Dhabi will continue to shine the spotlight on the exceptional halal, medical and shopping-relevant opportunities available worldwide at this year’s summit, with major influencers bringing their insight and knowledge to the seminar stage.

Speaking about the historic summit, Andy Buchanan, Executive Organising Committee Director ITW-Abu Dhabi said: “ITW-Abu Dhabi was established with a clear objective of providing opportunities to explore and maximise on the latest trends and offerings within the fastest growing travel segments namely halal, medical, shopping and family tourism. In a concerted effort to distinguish itself on the halal, medical, shopping and family travel industry event landscape, ITW Abu Dhabi aims to deliver an elevated business-to-business platform that is innovative, inspiring, and result-driven, with the structured five-day programme including elements such as knowledge-sharing seminars, show floor meetings, exceptional networking experiences and a dazzling awards evening. I expect the 2016 edition to be a windfall for those organisations and individuals that exhibit and participate.”

ITW-Abu Dhabi is a five-day summit that from the same venue plays host to six (6) distinct travel and tourism elements simultaneously. Each is focused on the fastest growing sectors within the global tourism economy, foremost of which is Halal Tourism. In addition to the World Halal Tourism Summit, other scheduled events include the World Halal Tourism Awards and other summits such as: World Medical Tourism Summit, World Shopping Tourism Summit, Ministerial Forum and Family Vacation Show.

Confirmed participation for the ITW-Abu Dhabi 2016, stretching across multiple spectrums, hails from a diverse spread of key players including Accor Hotels, Bangladesh Tourism Board, Dinar Standard, Etihad Airways, HCA Healthcare, Holiday Bosnia, Jannah Hotels, Marjan Island Resort & Spa, Medical Tourism Association, Sofyan Hospitality, Sri Lanka Ecotourism Foundation, Swiss Medical Network, Thomson Reuters, VPS Healthcare and Wonderful Indonesia, the 2016 headline Sponsors.

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