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Muslim Friendly Travel Market Prospects in a Post-COVID19 Environment
The COVD-19 crisis has brought the travel industry to a standstill, with UNWTO predicting a loss of up to 1.2 trillion in tourism revenues. As destinations begin to open their borders and as we look ahead beyond the crisis, there are more questions than answers: what are the implications of this reset on Muslim-friendly travel? Is there a silver lining in this crisis? Are there opportunities to be captured? What is the fate of sustainable tourism? What is the future of hajj and umrah in a world tainted by the threat of future pandemics?

Outline:

1. Opportunities for travel technology post COVID-19 crisis
2. Sustainable tourism as a priority post COVID-19
3. Destination recovery plans and implications for Halal travel
4. Hajj & Umrah challenges in a post pandemic world and potential solutions

Aug 20, 2020 05:00 PM in Dubai

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Speakers

Geet Bhalla
Co-Founder & CEO @HolidayMe
Geet was among the first to spot a change in the travel scenario of the Middle East. He has coupled his travel experience along with his enormous knowledge of the region to develop an exclusive travel portal - HolidayMe, which offers on-the-fly customization of holiday packages With a Masters in Business Administration from Symbiosis International University, India, Geet has displayed remarkable marketing acumen in his 15 years of experience. He has worked with multi-national organizations and assisted them in building enterprise sales and marketing across the Middle East. Geet’s mantra for success is simple - innovation and creativity. A globetrotter, Geet has traveled to over 70 countries around the world. He now aims to provide a platform for people to dream and plan their own Holiday destiny!
Mohsin Tutla
Chairman @World Hajj & Umrah Convention (WHUC)
Mohsin is the author of the Hajj Under Pandemic Conditions White Paper, Hajj & Umrah COVID 19 Impact Subject Matter Expert. He is recognized as the World's leading consultant in International Hajj and Umrah affairs, advising a plethora of governments towards the development of a healthy Hajj, Umrah and Muslim travel sector. In a span of seven years, Mohsin grew WHUC to be the number one Hajj and Umrah sector professional meeting point, with participatory decision-making representatives of over 2 million Hajj & Umrah travelers and responsible for more than $3 billion spend. The convention is endorsed by Boris Johnson the British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, with British Parliamentary support under the patronage of Lord Adam Patel of Blackburn.
Benjamin Carey
Sustainable Tourism Consultant @FTS
An award-winning consultant, Benjamin has worked in more than 50 countries for destination governments, leading travel companies and international agencies, including the International Co-operative Alliance, UNESCO, World Bank and World Tourism Organization. His professional experience in the Islamic world includes tourism management and development projects in Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Palestine, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen. His focus is on the sustainable development and environmental management of tourism, and he has advised many destinations emerging from crisis and conflict. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he has been supporting a range of tourism stakeholders on recovery plans and strategy.