International Travel Week-Abu Dhabi (ITW-Abu Dhabi) will this year play host to the world’s largest hosted buyer programme, according to a statement from the organisers.
Taking place on 21 – 25 November 2016, the event is a platform for addressing tourism niche markets such as halal, medical, shopping and family-friendly sector.
The year’s event is expected to attract more than 6,000 global travel professionals.
The programme will comprise targeted meetings, networking opportunities and seminars, culminating in an awards evening to celebrate outstanding achievements across the international halal tourism landscape.
Andy Buchanan, executive organising committee director ITW-Abu Dhabi commented: “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.”
In addition to the World Halal Tourism Summit, other scheduled events include the World Halal Tourism Awards, World Medical Tourism Summit, World Shopping Tourism Summit, Ministerial Forum and Family Vacation Show.
Participation has been confirmed by 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.