ITW-Abu Dhabi to feature ‘world’s largest’ hosted buyer programme

International Travel Week Abu Dhabi (ITW-Abu Dhabi) will offer the world’s largest hosted buyer programme, according to organisers.

The event, which will take place from 21 to 25 November, 2016, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), will provide 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 and shopping tourism”, said the organising committee.

ITW-Abu Dhabi will combine targeted meetings with networking opportunities, inspiring knowledge-bound seminars and innovative experiences, culminating in a glittering gala awards evening to celebrate outstanding achievements in the halal tourism arena.

Commenting on the strategic partnership with the host destination, Andy Buchanan, executive organising committee director commented: “We are thrilled to bring ITW-Abu Dhabi to the culturally-rich and trailblazing city of Abu Dhabi. Against this remarkable backdrop, participants will have the opportunity to discover, connect and be enriched, which in turn will assist them in defining and driving the future of their own business.”

Indonesia Ministry of Tourism has been revealed as the official Headline Sponsor of ITW-Abu Dhabi 2016, a new show that represents the evolution of last year’s inaugural World Halal Travel Summit.

The event was a huge success, generating more than $18.4 million worth of business on the show floor, and a further $73.5 million stemming from opportunities directly created at the event.

With more than 6,000 travel professionals expected to participate in this year’s ITW-Abu Dhabi, this transformative five-day event is hotly-anticipated to be the premium platform for the global halal travel, medical and shopping tourism industry.

ITW-Abu Dhabi will also stage a Ministerial Forum; a high-level debate involving ministers and key industry stakeholders who will discuss Intra OIC (Organisation of Islamic Co-operation), medical and shopping tourism issues.

ITW-Abu Dhabi will also host the second World Halal Travel Awards, a glittering event to recognise outstanding products and service within the halal tourism sector. The winners of the 2016 World Halal Travel Awards will be announced at a gala event in Abu Dhabi on 22 November 2016. The awards ceremony forms a crucial element of the summit which is the largest gathering of global executives operating in the family-friendly travel sector.

For the first time, ITW-Abu Dhabi will also introduce ‘The Family Vacation Show’ wherein exhibitors will have a chance to interact with consumers face-to-face. The event will be information packed and created to directly sell and introduce offers, packages and promotions to qualified consumer travel audience.

Confirmed participants at ITW-Abu Dhabi 2016 include 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 sponsor.

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