Abu Dhabi - : The distinguished panel of judges who will name the finalists of the 2nd edition of World Halal Tourism Awards is officially announced today.
The members of the panel come from top halal tourism industry players with invaluable contribution and halal industry expertise.
The panelist will include: Elnur Seyidil (Chairman of the Board, HalalBooking.com), Riyanto Sofyan (Chairman, Sofyan Hospitality), Kamraan Siddiqui (CEO, Holiday Bosnia), Martin Persson(COO, Jannah Hotels), Faeez Fadlillah (CEO, Tripfez), Aldin Dugonjic (Director, Center for Halal Quality Certification), Nabeel Shariff (Director, Serendipity), Ray Fattahi (Founder and CEO, Islamic Travel) and Yazan Al Khadir (Tourism Attache, Jordan Tourism Board).
The World Halal Tourism Awards 2016 extended its deadline of nomination until due to overwhelming requests received from partners, industry colleagues and travel & tourism professionals. The extension of deadline for nomination will give companies, government bodies and other travel and tourism related companies ample time to cast their nomination.
The nomination started on 11th September 2016 across 16 award categories, including Best Halal Tour Operator, Best Family Friendly Hotel and World's Best Non OIC Emerging Halal Destination, to name a few.
The World Halal Tourism Awards is the first award giving body to solely represent the Halal and family-friendly travel and tourism industry. Andy Buchanan, Executive Organising Committee Director - International Travel Week Abu Dhabi, says, “We are more than honored to announce the complete list of notable top executives and industry players from the halal hospitality and tourism industry who will recognize this year’s finalists of the most coveted awards during WHTA.”
The winners and runners-up of the 2016 World Halal Tourism Awards will be announced at a glittering ceremony on .
The World Halal Tourism Awards 2016 categories are:
1. World's Best Airline for Halal Travellers
2. World's Best Airport for Halal Travellers
3. World's Best Family Friendly Hotel
4. World's Most Luxurious Family Friendly Hotel
5. World's Best Halal Apartment Hotel
6. World's Best Halal Beach Resort
7. World's Best Halal Tour Operator
8. World's Best Halal Travel Website
9. World's Best Halal Cruise Company
10. World's Best Halal Honeymoon Destination
11. World's Best Hajj & Umrah Operator
12. World's Best Hajj & Umrah Hotel
13. World's Best Halal Destination
14. World's Best Halal Culinary Destination
15. World's Best Halal Cultural Destination
16. World's Best Non OIC Emerging Halal Destination
With the adjustments on dates, the shortlist of nominees will be announced on after which the public voting will open on and will close on .