By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune | Colombo, 29 March, (Asiantribune.com):
The 2nd Halal Conference and Exhibition, Halal Expo 2011 was held at Galdari Hotel and the Chief Guest at the events was A H M Fowzie, Senior Minister for Urban Affairs. This is the only event of its kind to be held in Sri Lanka, encompassing the entire Halal industry.
The event thus witnessed companies and individuals from sectors like food and beverages, Islamic Banking and Finance, Travel and tourism, education and lifestyle.
The conference was chaired by Fazal Bahardeen, CEO of Singapore based Crescentrating Ltd - a global market leader in the niche market of Halal-friendly travel.
Mr Bahardeen spoke about the vast strides that the Halal industry has made across the global spectrum. He said that special focus has been made on areas of Halal Tourism, a multi-billion dollar industry, stating that the contribution by Muslim travelers to tourism expenditure has increased almost five-fold over the past 15 years
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