The second edition of Islamic Travel Mart takes place in Mumbai
Islamic Travel Mart, India’s only travel trade show dedicated to the high potential Hajj, Umrah, Ziyarat and Halal travel market concluded its second edition in Mumbai, with over 700 trade visitors attending the two-day show.
Held from October 5 to 6 at the Expo Centre, World Trade Centre the show was inaugurated by Chairman Shaikh Jina Nabi and CEO Dr Maqsood Ahmad Khan of the Haj Committee of India, the chief guests at the show. They were joined by dignitaries including Ebrahim Hasham Kolsawala, Chairman, All India Haj Umrah Tour Organisers Association (AIHUTOA); Dr Yusuf Ahmed Kherada, Founder, Al Khalid Tours & Travels; Afzal Patel, Managing Director, Atlas Umrah; V S Abdul Kareem, Chairman & Managing Director, Creative Holidays India Pvt Ltd.; Nayyar Mohammed Shaban, Chairman, Federation Haj PTOs Of India (FHPTOI); Moulana Syed Aejaz, Chairman, Haj Umrah Private Tour Operators Association (HUPTOA); Sameer Karnani, President, TAAI; Aruna D Shetty, Director, IAAI and Abbas Moiz, Managing Committee, TAFI.
Shaikh Jina Nabi, Chairman, Haj Committee of India took a tour of the exhibition and observed, “The exhibition here is outstanding. Travel agents from Saudi Arabia and India are both here. We met them all and promised to help them in all possible manners.”
“Islamic Travel Mart by Fairfest Media is an excellent example of an exhibition for all the stakeholders of Hajj and Umrah travel. It gives an opportunity to authentic service providers with whom business can be done and pilgrims can be catered very well. I congratulate Fairfest Media for organising such a wonderful show,” said Dr Maqsood Ahmad Khan, CEO, Haj Committee of India.
Al Khalid Tours & Travels, a prominent name among Hajj and Umrah tour operators participated in the show as the Premium Partner. The company is recognised by the Government of India and Saudi Arabia for their service towards pilgrims. Speaking at the inauguration, Dr Yusuf Ahmed Kherada, Founder, Al Khalid Tours & Travels said, “This is the best show dedicated to the Muslim Haj and Umrah travel cause. No other such shows are there in India. The show unites us with agents from India and abroad. I hope the show explores new possibilities so that in future more and more people can be a part of the show.”
Over 20 exhibitors from Saudi Arabia, Turkey and India participated in the two-day show. Featured exhibitors included ELAF Group, Mawasim, Millennium Hotels And Resorts, Manazil Al-Mukhatara Company, Al Hussam Umrah, Rahhal International Makka Booking, Abu Al Joud, Al Aafiya, Rawabi Emirates, Rawad Holidays, Maqbool Umrah & Ziyarat Services by Creative Group, Classic Tour & Travels Pvt Ltd, The Global Chef Kitchen and OIC Halal.
On the second day of the show, Maqbool Umrah & Ziyarat Services by Creative Group held a discussion cum magazine launch addressing Pilgrimage and Halal Tourism. The magazine was unveiled by V S Abdul Kareem, Chairman & Managing Director, Creative Holidays Pvt Ltd.
The show has been curated to provide a dedicated B2B platform to the booming Islamic travel industry in India, well-supplied by a 140 million-strong Muslim community. Islamic Travel Mart was scheduled at a strategic time to help top buyers from the Indian Islamic travel fraternity connect with international suppliers across a variety of domains including hotels, DMCs, transport service providers, OTAs and others.
With Saudi Arabia increasing the allowance of Hajj pilgrims from India by 30,000, the time is ripe for the travel stakeholders in India to explore new business opportunities in the field. Islamic Travel Mart bridges the gap between service providers and buyers in India.
Islamic Travel Mart is supported by TAAI, Haj Umrah Private Tour Operators Association, All India Haj Umrah Tour Organisers Association, Federation Haj PTOs of India, TAFI, IAAI, UTEN, GSHZTOA, Gujarat State Haj Ziyarat Tour Organisers Association.