A Maldivian has spoken at the first international Islamic conference held on Islamic tourism, known as the Halal Tourism Conference (HTC).
The Islamic tourism conference, attended by top officials from various countries was held from September 21 to 25, 2014, in Granada, Spain. The Maldivian who spoke at the conference is a PhD holder in Business Administration: Hussein Sunny Umar, 31.
He spoke about the plan of Islamic Tourism in the world and the scope of its market in the Maldives.
Dr Sunny told Haveeru that he was seized with much questioning after his lecture, the focus of which was on developmental prospects of Islamic Tourism in the Maldives.
He had prepared PhD Thesis on the topic of developing Islamic Tourism in the Maldives.
“A lot of people quizzed me on the prospect of developing Islamic tourism in a well-known and loved tourist destination like the Maldives. I had to answer all of their questions”, Dr Sunny told Haveeru.
Other people who spoke at HTC were board members from existing companies exercising Islamic tourism globally and top governmental officials from the Tourism Ministries of both Malaysia and Indonesia.
Dr Sunny stated that the Muslim travel market was quoted at $ 137 billion in 2012. He explained that tourists from the Middle-East were heavy spenders and that Maldives will make large profits out of Islamic Tourism if the market can be sought for it.
Originally published on www.haveeru.com.mv