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Opinion: Consuming passions

| 25/05/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Consuming passions

Trends used to be set by majority Muslim countries in the Middle East and South East Asia. Now they come as much from the Muslim minorities in the West. An overview on the growth of Halal into various sectors.

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Sri Lanka: Halal still on the local menu

| 09/05/2013 | Reply
Sri Lanka: Halal still on the local menu

Despite all the protests and objections raised by some groups, especially the Bodu Bala Sena against the sale and distribution of halal products in Sri Lanka, the government is continuing with the recognition of halal products.

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South Africa: Halal Tourism Conference

| 08/05/2013 | Reply
South Africa: Halal Tourism Conference

The Durban Chamber of Commerce & Industry, in partnership with Durban Tourism, will be hosting South Africa’s 1st Halaal Tourism Conference at the Elangeni Hotel, Durban on 29 May 2013.

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Malaysia: Religious Tourism Boost In Malaysia

| 05/05/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: Religious Tourism Boost In Malaysia

Having been ranked the friendliest country for Muslim holidaymakers for the third year running, Malaysia has confirmed its position as a premier halal tourism destination.

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Opinion: Thriving Halal hotels in Malaysia lack standardization

| 28/04/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Thriving Halal hotels in Malaysia lack standardization

Zainol Abidin, also a board chairman of one of the Malaysian Halal hotels, said there is growing demand for Halal hotels in Malaysia but that there are no rules regulating this booming industry.

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Opinion: Halal travel, Japanese- style

| 16/04/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Halal travel, Japanese- style

Japan wants Malaysian Muslim tourists, but how much are travellers willing to bend for a halal experience?

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Malaysia: Online booking site launches ‘Halal’ hotel search option

| 14/04/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: Online booking site launches ‘Halal’ hotel search option

Various Muslim travel sites have launched booking options that aim to help Muslim travellers find “halal-friendly” accommodations. They assist them by listing the options available for Muslims like prayer rooms, alcohol free, prayer rugs, etc.

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Muslim Travel Boom

| 13/04/2013 | Reply
Muslim Travel Boom

THE international tourism industry is gradually awakening to an emerging travel market that is twice the size of China’s, and bigger than that of the US – affluent Muslim holidaymakers with money to spend.

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Australia: Qantas takes pork off menu after Emirates tie-up

| 08/04/2013 | Reply
Australia:  Qantas takes pork off menu after Emirates tie-up

Australian airline Qantas Airways has removed food items containing pork and alcohol from its in-flight menu on routes that transit through Dubai starting 1 April.

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16 more restaurants in Taiwan obtain Halal certification

| 31/03/2013 | Reply
16 more restaurants in Taiwan obtain Halal certification

This brings to 31 the number of restaurants throughout the country that are now certified as Halal or Muslim friendly restaurants. The certified restaurants offer a wide range of food, including Indian, Thai and Turkish and Egyptian cuisine.

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Turkey: Food-serving facilities to obtain halal certificates

| 12/02/2013 | Reply
Turkey: Food-serving facilities to obtain halal certificates

This certificate and the opportunity to establish halal sections within restaurants and hotels will boost halal tourism in Turkey. Turkey was rated the world’s third-most Muslim-friendly holiday destination in a survey released Jan. 17.

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Malaysia: Brahim’s ready for overseas Halal markets

| 07/02/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: Brahim’s ready for overseas Halal markets

After 10 years concentrating on the local market, Brahim’s executive chairman says it’s now time to venture overseas. Brahim’s has embarked on a RM2 million rebranding exercise. Brahim’s Airline Catering currently services over 30 international airlines.

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Opinion: Marketing to Muslim Tourists

| 01/02/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Marketing to Muslim Tourists

In 2011, Muslims spent an estimated $126bn on travel and tourism, that is without counting the religious pilgrimages of hajj and umrah. Global revenue from Muslim tourists is expected to rise 4.8 per cent a year over the next eight years, compared with a global average of 3.8 per cent.

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Halal in Croatia – know where to go

| 01/02/2013 | Reply
Halal in Croatia – know where to go

Croatia has good relations with the Arab world (most notably with Turkey and Qatar). It marks an increasing number of visitors coming from the Middle East. Because of that, it has been becoming increasingly familiar with their specific culture and visitors’ needs.

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Malaysia rated top Muslim-friendly holiday destination

| 16/01/2013 | Reply
Malaysia rated top Muslim-friendly holiday destination

The study by Singapore-based Muslim travel consultancy Crescentrating ranked countries on how well they cater to the growing number of Muslim holidaymakers seeking halal ­– or Islam-compliant – food and services. Jeddah was in the top 10 cities as a shopping destination.

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Tatarstan keen to explore Halal industry and Islamic banking with Malaysia

| 16/01/2013 | Reply
Tatarstan keen to explore Halal industry and Islamic banking with Malaysia

Tatarstan, a semi-autonomous region within the Russian Federation and one of Russia’s biggest Muslim regions with about 18 million population, has great potential for the Halal industry.

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Malaysia: ‘Halal’ elevators at four-star hotel

| 09/01/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: ‘Halal’ elevators at four-star hotel

A leading four star hotel has signboards beside several elevators which instruct that only ‘halal’ goods can be transported in the lift. The hotel definitely will do everything they can to prevent losing their halal certification as it would mean a huge loss of business for them.

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Japan offers more Halal certified services for tourists

| 07/01/2013 | Reply
Japan offers more Halal certified services for tourists

According to Japan National Tourism Organization, there is increased tourist flow from Muslim populated countries to Japan since the year 2010. This trend indicates that more halal-friendly services in Japan could promote tourism industry to a great extent.

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Vietnam’s First Halal and Holiday Operator to Promote Vietnam Halal Tourism

| 27/12/2012 | Reply
Vietnam’s First Halal and Holiday Operator to Promote Vietnam Halal Tourism

Luxury Travel Vietnam has just launched the first luxury halal tour and holiday operator focusing on Muslim tourists from Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Turkey, and the Middle East visiting Vietnam in 2013.

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Malaysia: Penang International Halal Expo & Conference

| 24/12/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: Penang International Halal Expo & Conference

Halal Penang, an agency of the Penang State responsible for the promotion and development of the halal industry, will be organizing the 4th Penang International Halal Expo & Conference 2013 from 18-20 January 2013.

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