Category: Travel & Hospitality

Islamic GPS – an augmented reality app

| 24/10/2017 | 2 Replies
Islamic GPS – an augmented reality app

London-based Islamic GPS, launched by Ikbal Hussain in 2016, is an augmented reality app that allows users to find mosques and Islamic landmarks within 20 kilometers around the world.

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Five Muslim Start-ups with a big future in the UK and beyond

| 19/10/2017 | Reply
Five Muslim Start-ups with a big future in the UK and beyond

Entrepreneurs are increasingly recognising the potential for businesses developed for the Islamic market at home and abroad. Here are five such ventures on their way.

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Halal Restaurant Finder Launches Loyalty App in Market First

| 17/10/2017 | Reply
Halal Restaurant Finder Launches Loyalty App in Market First

The Halal Dining Club app on Android reached the top of the Playstore in June 2017 and was also a trending app. But the team at Halal Dining Club wanted to do more.

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UAE: DSOA to host Islamic lifestyle mini bootcamp

| 01/10/2017 | Reply
UAE: DSOA to host Islamic lifestyle mini bootcamp

Designed for ambitious early stage entrepreneurs engaged in Islamic arts and culture, Islamic architecture and design, family-friendly and Halal tourism, as well as digital Islamic economy, entertainment, communication and media.

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Saudi Arabia: The Hajj and the year-round Umrah generate $12bn in revenues from worshippers

| 06/09/2017 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: The Hajj and the year-round Umrah generate $12bn in revenues from worshippers

Pilgrimage is the backbone of a plan to expand tourism under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s economic reform programme, to diversify the economy away from oil.

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Korean Hotels Competitively Attract Muslim Tourists

| 07/08/2017 | Reply
Korean Hotels Competitively Attract Muslim Tourists

The number of Muslim tourists stood at 980,000 last year, up 33 percent from the previous year, and is expected to reach 1.2 million this year.

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Cambodia: Cooperation for Halal food standards

| 21/07/2017 | Reply
Cambodia: Cooperation for Halal food standards

Cambodia will cooperate with Thailand and Malaysia to establish halal standards to cater to the rising number of national and international tourists visiting Cambodia.

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Thailand yet to reach full potential as top Muslim travel destination

| 11/07/2017 | Reply
Thailand yet to reach full potential as top Muslim travel destination

Work was underway to finalise a common certification system for Thailand’s growing number of hotels, restaurants and other products.

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Canada: Thousands turn out to Mississauga interfaith iftar feast

| 16/06/2017 | Reply
Canada: Thousands turn out to Mississauga interfaith iftar feast

3,000 gathered for the first time at Mississauga Celebration Square for what organizers believe is Canada’s largest iftar, the nightly feast enjoyed by practicing Muslims during Ramadan.

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Opinion: Are ‘Moslem meals’ on board flights halal-certified?

| 12/06/2017 | Reply
Opinion: Are ‘Moslem meals’ on board flights halal-certified?

“Moslem meal” is inaccurate and discriminatory, suggesting it is only for Muslims, when what it is meant to be – a halal meal – does not only have to be for Muslim consumption.

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The Halal Dining Club directory for Halal Diners

| 09/06/2017 | Reply
The Halal Dining Club directory for Halal Diners

Platform to take Halal diners through their whole dining journey from discovering Halal restaurants locally and internationally, to booking a table and collecting loyalty rewards.

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Taiwan woos Muslim tourists

| 14/05/2017 | Reply
Taiwan woos Muslim tourists

Taiwan is ranked the seventh most desirable non-IOC destination for Muslims attracting 30,000 such visitors a year, while Singapore is the top non-IOC destination for Muslims.

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UAE: Increased GCC visitor numbers swell ATM 2017

| 10/05/2017 | Reply
UAE: Increased GCC visitor numbers swell ATM 2017

Muslim travel is a key sector for economic development and job creation throughout the world, generating $139 billion in GDP and creating 4.5 million jobs worldwide.

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Opinion: Why are so many Muslims suddenly visiting Japan?

| 08/05/2017 | Reply
Opinion: Why are so many Muslims suddenly visiting Japan?

Savvy destinations that adapt to serve halal food and provide prayer rooms are reaping the benefits of an increase in tourism by visitors from Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

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Korea turns to Muslims for next big tourism boom

| 03/05/2017 | Reply
Korea turns to Muslims for next big tourism boom

But basic accommodations like prayer rooms and halal restaurants remain lacking.

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Certification Becomes Issue for Halal Tourism in Indonesia

| 03/05/2017 | Reply
Certification Becomes Issue for Halal Tourism in Indonesia

Indonesia’s position is up one rank from the previous year. The leader of the halal tourism market for this year (ranks first and second) is still held by Malaysia and United Arab Emirates.

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Interview With Fazal Bahardeen: Halal-travel trailblazer

| 03/05/2017 | Reply
Interview With Fazal Bahardeen: Halal-travel trailblazer

CrescentRating has become the world’s first independent rating and accreditation standard in Muslim travel, as International Enterprise Singapore has billed it.

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UAE: Premium Hotel Classification system for Muslim-friendly properties

| 25/04/2017 | Reply
UAE: Premium Hotel Classification system for Muslim-friendly properties

Tourism Malaysia and Salam Standard will both participate in the inaugural ATM Global Halal Tourism Summit 2017, which takes place on the Global Stage on Wednesday April 26th.

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UAE: New guideline for Islamic Hotels Standards in Dubai

| 03/04/2017 | Reply
UAE: New guideline for Islamic Hotels Standards in Dubai

The guideline covered building standards and service systems, including building design standards, regulatory standards and service systems.

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Indonesia continues to promote its tourism potential

| 02/04/2017 | Reply
Indonesia continues to promote its tourism potential

Currently, acquiring a Halal certification is optional, but Indonesian lawmakers are trying to push for the enactment of a Halal Product Protection Bill.

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