Mataram City to host World Islamic Tourism Mart 2015


MATARAM CITY, Indonesia – Mataram City of Lombok, Indonesia is the host of the 2nd edition of World Islamic Tourism Mart 2015 at Lombok Raya Hotel from 23-25 Oct 2015, confirmed by President & CEO of WITM Event .

WITM Asia 2015 comprised of Travel Mart (trade session b2b involving buyers and sellers), Conference and Consumers Travel Fair (b2c). The event is getting the support of the Ministry Of Tourism Republic of Indonesia and in collaboration with Lombok Tourism Promotion Board.

Khalid Harun the Organising Chairman of WITM Asia 2015 said this time around the event will be a better one then the first which was held in Jakarta in same dates and month of 2014 . Khalid will start the road show in May to all the 12 provinces which are strong in promoting Syariah or ISLAMIC Tourism. He has met the Governor of Lombok Sumbawa who is very supportive of this event.He will meet the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia to officiate the event. Expected 50 plus Nat ional Tourism Organization (NTO) from OIC Countries and DMC from Non Muslim countries are expected to join the trade.

Lombok was chosen to host this event since Lombok is one of the three main Islamic Cities beside Aceh and Padang. WITM Asia will move from one city to another to give chance for the other cities to get themselves ready to take up such an event of this magnitude involving international participations. The first WITM was held in Kuala Lumpur in 2013 and the second one was in Jakarta in October last year.

Indonesia is very much into Syariah Tourism or Halal Tourism to attract more arrivals of Muslim Tourists especially from the Middle East and the ASEAN neighbors like Malaysia and Brunei. Khalid will meet Ariff Yahya Minister of Tourism Indonesia soon to finalized government support and promotional campaign.

This event naturally will promote Lombok as a friendly Muslim destination and it will augurs well for its development growth and investment opportunities as well.