Halal Tourism Conference 2015 to take place in Istanbul

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The Halal Tourism Conference 2015, which will take place 1-3 December at the Istanbul Convention & Exhibition Centre, is expecting to attract more than 1,000 delegates from over 50 countries. It is the second international conference on halal tourism that has taken place in Europe. Last year’s inaugural event saw over 400 delegates visit Andalucia, Spain which brought together the global travel industry to discuss ways of tapping into this niche market. The theme of the 2015 conference will be: Developing The Global Future of Halal Tourism. “Since the Halal Tourism Conference was founded in 2014, enhancing the industry across its various sectors has been at the very heart of our efforts,” said organiser Tasneem Mahmood, from CM Media. “This year’s event we want to move the debate to the next level and focus on developing the industry. This is a crucial to the future of this sector especially as Halal tourism is maturing and growing so fast. We will have a range of keynote speeches, panel sessions and roundtable discussions from experts around this theme including how to improve the travel experience which includes integrating new technologies and the growth of subsectors such as luxury travel and medical tourism.” The event will feature seminars from industry experts, workshops, networking sessions and an exhibition. A number of the world’s leading experts have already confirmed their attendance to the event including Simon Coombs, President and CEO – Shaza Hotels, Fazal Bahardeen, CEO, CrescentRating and HalalTrip, Dr. Jonathan A.J. Wilson, Program Director, University of Greenwich, London and Faisal Masood, Founder and President of the American Muslim Consumer Consortium Inc. According to the latest figures in the “MasterCard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index 2015, the halal tourism sector was worth $145 billion in 2014. This figure is predicted to grow to $200 billion by 2020.