Halal In Travel

About Halal In Travel

CrescentRating's Halal In Travel was first launched in 2016 at ITB Asia in Singapore. Industry professionals and relevant stakeholders have gained invaluable insights on how they can strengthen their position in a sector that is currently worth billions of dollars.

According to findings from MasterCard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index 2016, the global Muslim travel market was worth USD150 billion in 2015 and is projected to grow to USD220 billion by 2020. The Halal In Travel event allows delegates to leverage this fast growing halal travel market through discussions with experts from diverse backgrounds.

Upcoming Events

Halal in Travel ITB Berlin

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Halal in Travel, Istanbul

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Halal in Travel, Taipei

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Halal in Travel Asia Summit

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Halal in Travel, Tokyo

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Reports Launched at Past Halal in Travel Events

Muslim Millennial Travel Report Download Report
Muslim Business Traveler Insights 2016 Download Report

Our Panels and Experts

Learn and discover the latest trends and challenges to emerge in the Muslim travel market. Through a combination of keynote speeches, interactive panel discussions, and specialist presentations, our speakers are professionals and experts from National Tourism Organisations (NTO), travel industry stake holders and online travel industry players who shared insights and ideas on how to leverage this growth market to attract more travelers.

Fazal Bahardeen

Fazal Bahardeen is an Entrepreneur in the Muslim Lifestyle & Travel Space. He founded CrescentRating in 2008, along with the world’s first rating system to rate travel & tourism services for their Muslim friendliness. Currently, he overlooks three leading brands in the Halal travel segment; CrescentRating, HalalTrip and Muslim Travel,Warehouse. Prior to this, he held senior management roles at Alcatel-Lucent, based in Europe & Asia.

Atikah Amalina

Passionate about giving voice and agency to women, and living a mindful and purposeful life,Atikah seeks to inspire others to live focusing on purpose, authenticity, and giving back tosociety. Through her blog www.thetudungtraveller.com and Instagram account, she writes the story of the human spirit, her solo travels, and social advocacy, particularly from her lensas a Malay/Muslim woman. As the Vice-President of The Codette Project, she supports young minority women interested in tech. In addition to that, she teaches English and Literature in a secondary school.

Zulkifly Md Said

Zulkifly Md Said is the Director General of Islamic Tourism Centre under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia. He leads the Centre’s role as an advisory body in matters pertaining to Islamic tourism, as well as complementing and supplementing the functions of the Ministry. He has served at the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board’s Northern Region office in Penang, Malaysia and at the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board’s overseas offices in Hong Kong, Bangkok and Istanbul.

Raudha Zaini

Raudha Zaini is the Marketing Manager of HalalTrip – a leading global community platform for Muslim travelers. She leads and manages projects with partners and International Tourism Boards in destination marketing and campaigns. Her aim is to translate her passion for travel as a millennial into innovative products that offer useful and unique experiences to all Muslim travelers.

Mamoun Hmedan

Mamoun Hmedan joined Wego in 2013 as Manager, Media Sales for MENA, playing a pivotal role in establishing Wego’s media business, while launching Wego’s Private Advertising Marketplace. Promoted to General Manager in April 2014, Hmedan continued to scale the media business while developing key commercial partnerships. In 2015, he assumed the position of Managing Director, Wego MENA and India, helming a growing commercial team from Wego’s Dubai HQ.

Shinya Yokoyama

Halal Media Japan is Japan’s Halal leading portal site. Yoko-san has been helping SMEs to develop overseas business since 1992. He holds MBA degree from Kenichi Ohmae Graduate School of Business and awarded encouragement award for his work titled “Management Strategy for Japanese SMEs in Halal Industry”. He was also awarded Entrepreneur Honouree 2016 from Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Ms. Barkathunnisha

Nisha is the founder and principal consultant of Elevated Consultancy and Training. She is a management consultant, tourism/hospitality practitioner, corporate trainer and academic with more than 25 years extensive experience. Nisha provides strategic management/ marketing consultation and involved in human capacity building in emerging destinations. Nisha has been a keynote speaker, panellist, presenter and guest lecturer at conferences, exhibitions and in academic institutions. She is currently pursuing her PhD in the area of tourism.

Aliza Kim

Aliza Kim is a Thai-American whose warm and bubbly personality has gained her attention as a well-accepted Public Figure, and TV & Social Media Personality. Aliza holds a Double Bachelors Degree from Boston College, USA, in Economics and Sociology, and a Masters in Business Administration from Denver University, USA, in International Business Marketing. In addition to this she holds a Diploma in Islamic Studies from AREES University and is a Certified TEFL and Business English Instructor from the Worldwide Language Institute

Aisha Islam

Aisha Islam is Vice President, Consumer Products, South East Asia, Mastercard. She manages Consumer Products for Malaysia and Indonesia. In this role, her focus is to create a sustainable competitive advantage for Mastercard consumer products, overseeing product strategy, management of consumer products in line with regional trends, product delivery, portfolio management and identifying business-building opportunities.

Nabil El-Shafeay

Nabil is an E-Commerce and business development expert with more than 11 years experience in managing sales teams, with his deep updated knowledge of the travel and tech industry he has gained international experience in dealing with B2B and B2C business models working across different companies mainly in the E-commerce & travel industry. After working for big European & international companies like Orizonia Corporation, Barcelo Group, and Expedia he joined the fast-growing startup BeMyGuest, Asia's biggest travel aggregator for tours and activities as Head of Global Partnerships targeting the brand expansion worldwide partnering with OTAs, International chains, and airlines.

Eunice Tan

Dr. Eunice Tan is Lecturer in Tourism at Murdoch University, based in the Singapore Office. Eunice has been teaching in tourism and hospitality programs since 2004, and is a firm believer in lifelong learning and equitable education. Eunice has three decades of diverse industry experience in the tourism, hospitality, education and service sectors. Her research interests include sustainable tourism, mobile-driven tourism experiences, culinary and heritage tourism.

Q Akashah (Ms)

In her role as executive director of OgilvyNoor, Q works closely with companies; advising and working with International brands to effectively engage with Muslim consumers, as well as supporting efforts by halal businesses to make syariah-compliant products and services accessible and attractive to non-Muslim consumers. Her diverse client portfolio covers multiple industries including economics, banking and finance, and personal care, amongst others.

Raymond LIM

Raymond Lim is the Area Director of Singapore Tourism Board’s Regional Office in Indonesia, based in Jakarta. He oversees the Board’s destination promotion and marketing efforts to ensure that Singapore remains the top of mind leisure and business destination among Indonesians. He has been with the Board for 20 years and pioneered the establishment of STB offices in Indonesia in 2003. Prior to his 2nd and current posting stint in Indonesia, he headed STB’s Regional Office in Moscow from 2012 to 2015.

Razy Shah

Razy Shah is a Director at 2Stallions – a digital marketing agency with offices in Singapore and Indonesia. The agency works with start ups and globally recognized brands for their digital marketing needs. He has over 10 years experience as a digital marketer and strongly believes in walking the talk. He also runs LittleIndiaDirectory.com - a lifestyle portal for the Indian expat community with editions in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Rushdi Siddiqui

Rushdi Siddiqui is a Co-Founder and CEO of Zilzar, USA and Malaysia-based www.zilzar.com, a B2B e-commerce platform, and www.zilzarlife.com Muslim Lifestyle website. Rushdi is among the Top 50 of Islamica 500, The 500 who make the Islamic Economy. He is a mentor for McKinsey Youth Leadership Academy(YLA) 2015 Malaysia, YLA is a leadership development program for local university students. He is also a co-founder of Shekra, World’s first Islamic Crowd Funding.

Riyanto Sofyan

Riyanto Sofyan has over 35 years of experience in the Hospitality and Property Business. In 2012, he was appointed as Strategic Partner to The Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia to develop and enhance Halal Tourism in Indonesia. In 2016, The Ministry appointed him to head the Team for Accelerated Development of Halal Tourism. He also holds several organisational positions including Chairman of Indonesia Sharia Hotel & Restaurant Association (ISHRA).

Imtiaz Muqbil

Imtiaz Muqbil is one of Asia Pacific's longest serving travel trade journalists. He is the Executive Editor of Islamic Travel Newswire and Travel Impact Newswire. He is the recipient of PATA Award for Outstanding Reporting on Asia-Pacific travel and tourism industry, 1997 and Travel Journalism Award in 2005.He has just completed an editorial consultancy project on Islamic tourism in the Asia-Pacific for the UNWT, due to be published in November.

Cédomir Nestorovic

Professor Cédomir Nestorovic is Professor of International Marketing and Geopolitics at ESSEC Business School. He has taught at ESSEC for more than 20 years and is also the Academic Co-Director of the MBA program at the Arabian Gulf University, Manama, Bahrain, as well as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Islamic Marketing edited by Emerald. He was awarded the title of “Professor of the Week” by The Financial Times in 2012, and he recently published a book on Islamic Marketing.

Yoshiaki Nakamura

Yoshiaki Nakamura graduated from Sophia University and joined Don Quijote Group in 2000. He soon progressed as the head of public relations, IR, marketing and business development. In 2008, he was appointed as the General Manager of executive office and inbound project leader. In 2013, he was appointed as CEO of Japan Inbound Solutions and engaged in inbound businesses in areas of consulting, education, training and promotions such as Muslim tourism promotions and affiliations in Japan.

Shiraz Imamudeen

Shiraz Imamudeen has been in the corporate sector for 15 years working for leading Multinational Conglomerates. Shiraz currently functions as the COO of Muslim Travel Warehouse, a Global B2B Halal Friendly Travel Solutions company. Shiraz also functions as a Group Director of Akquasun Group a leading Global B2B Destination Management company based in India.

Ven Chin

Ven Chin has more than 8 years of experience in finance, consulting and F&B industries. He co-founded the GD group which launched Halal restaurant chains such as Gurney Drive, Penang Culture, Penang Street Buffet and Mamak Culture. Prior to this, he worked as an Actuary in NMG Financial Services Consulting, Restaurant Manager in Fish & Co and Business Development Manager in Polar Puffs & Cakes.

Akira Mitsumasu

Akira Mitsumasu joined Japan Airlines in 1989, and has previously been responsible in the company for passenger services, network planning, international affairs, business development in China and internal auditing, before taking on the role from June 2014 as VP for marketing and strategy research of JAL's Asian and Oceania region. Akira holds a DBA from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, where his research was on parent and subsidiary relationship of Japanese corporate groups.

Aisha Islam

Aisha Islam is Vice President, Consumer Products, South East Asia, Mastercard. She manages Consumer Products for Malaysia and Indonesia. In this role, her focus is to create a sustainable competitive advantage for Mastercard consumer products, overseeing product strategy, management of consumer products in line with regional trends, product delivery, portfolio management and identifying business-building opportunities.

Fahad Moti Khan

Fahad Moti Khan is the CTO of HalalTrip. At HalalTrip, Fahad is leading the vision to create the most powerful travel community platform for the Muslim travellers worldwide. Starting his career at eighteen, Fahad is a serial entrepreneur with almost two decades of industry experience playing key roles in startups across the globe. Fahad also runs Technology 9 Labs (T9L), a startup studio and seed fund based in Delhi that has helped launch over a dozen startups.

Umar Munshi

Umar Munshi is the co-founder of EthisCrowd.com - the World’s 1st Islamic Real Estate Crowdfunding Platform. He also co-founded KapitalBoost.com focusing on SME Crowdfunding and is a partner at Ikhram.com / Ihram.asia, a pioneer Umrah-travel marketplace. He is also the Chairman of the Islamic Fintech Alliance, a board member of the Singapore Malay Chambers of Commerce and Industry and is the local President of TDA Singapore.

Shaiful Bahri

Shaiful Bahri is the CEO of ZUU Southeast Asia - which runs Zuu Online, an online media portal that aims to enhance financial literacy. Prior to this, he was the General Manager at DuitPintar.com, where he grew a team of over 20 professionals and helped it to become the top financial comparison site in Indonesia. He is also a Mentor at Quest Ventures, a VC firm with bases in Beijing and Singapore.

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