Category: Travel & Hospitality

Opinion: Dubai on Empty

| 13/03/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Dubai on Empty

Its skyline erupting from the desert in just two decades, Dubai is a cautionary tale about what money can’t buy: a culture of its own. After gorging on the Viagra of easy credit, the emirate has the world’s tallest building, the world’s most expensive racetrack, and a financial crisis to match. A. A. Gill discovers that no one truly belongs in Dubai, where the legacy of oil has made everything worthless.

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UK: Gulf Air unveils ‘Falcon Gold’ lounge at London’s Heathrow Airport

| 10/03/2011 | Reply
UK: Gulf Air unveils ‘Falcon Gold’ lounge at London’s Heathrow Airport

A self-service buffet is featured with a wide section of Halal menu and an exclusive Illy Café counter that serves a variety of Italian coffee blends. Plus super-fast iMac computers! Who wants to get on the plane?

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Switzerland eyes summer vacationers from Saudi Arabia

| 03/03/2011 | Reply
Switzerland eyes summer vacationers from Saudi Arabia

Swiss tourist officials on Tuesday exuded confidence that they would get summer vacationers from Saudi Arabia despite the holy month of Ramadan, which this year coincides with the holiday season. “We are here to inform the local hotels, travel agencies and tour operators that our country is fully prepared to meet all of Ramadan requirements including halal food and shisha.”

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Malaysia: Halal Friendly Travel to be addressed at the 6th World Halal Forum in KL

| 01/03/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: Halal Friendly Travel to be addressed at the 6th World Halal Forum in KL

“The importance of catering to Muslim travellers is becoming increasingly recognised by the Travel and Tourism industry all over the world. It is an expanding sector in the Halal marketplace, and we expect it to remain a strong growth sector over the coming years. Crescentrating is one of the real pioneers in this sector that is contributing positively to nurturing this growth” said Abdalhamid Evans, Director of World Halal Forum.

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Appeal to change labelling airline meals to Halal Meal instead of Muslim Meal

| 12/02/2011 | Reply
Appeal to change labelling airline meals to Halal Meal instead of Muslim Meal

The following letter has been sent to Senior management in International Air Transport Association IATA, by the CEO of Halal India, in order to request a change in the labeling of meals served to Muslim travellers to ‘Halal Meal’. In some instances the label ‘Muslim Meal’ has not guaranteed an actual Halal certified meal being served on the aircraft when requested. They may just have ensured there were no pork dishes.

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Muslim Travel Guides – Sign of a Growing Travel Industry Trend

| 03/02/2011 | 2 Replies
Muslim Travel Guides – Sign of a Growing Travel Industry Trend

As the Muslim consumers across the world assert their unique needs, evident by the growth of Islamic finance and Halal food, the large travel and hospitality services market is also beginning to see a “halal” consumer impact.

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Is Islamic Travel on the rise?

| 30/01/2011 | Reply
Is Islamic Travel on the rise?

If Islamic countries want to promote travel from the Middle East they have to be more aggressive in their marketing and have to entice their prospects with the facilities they provide.

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5 Reasons why the Malaysian Highways are the most Halal Friendly in the world!

| 27/01/2011 | Reply
5 Reasons why the Malaysian Highways are the most Halal Friendly in the world!

The most enjoyable part of driving along the highways of Malaysia for a Muslim traveller, are the Halal friendly facilities and services along the Highway. Here are five good reasons why they are probably the most Halal friendly highways in the world today.

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UAE: Watch out for haram food on holiday, Muslims warned

| 19/01/2011 | Reply
UAE: Watch out for haram food on holiday, Muslims warned

Dubai Municipality’s food control department has produced a leaflet containing common non-halal food terms. It is available to the public, and 5,000 copies will soon be handed out at Dubai International Airport.

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Malaysia: Legend Group of Hotels & Resorts gets Halal Friendly Recognition

| 18/01/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: Legend Group of Hotels & Resorts gets Halal Friendly Recognition

All five properties of the Malaysia-based Legend Group of Hotels & Resorts have been awarded a Crescentrating of five for its Halal Friendly Services and Facilities.

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Halal Certifications for Airline Catering Facility in Kathmandu

| 15/01/2011 | Reply
Halal Certifications for Airline Catering Facility in Kathmandu

Soaltee Crowne Plaza Kathmandu and LSG Sky Chefs officially announce the recent Halal certification of their airline catering facility near Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM).

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Malaysia Among Top Islamic Tourist Destinations

| 14/12/2010 | Reply
Malaysia Among Top Islamic Tourist Destinations

In relation to this, Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC) director-general Zainuddin Abdul Wahab said the centre was focusing on providing information and facilities sought by the Muslim commun

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Hong Kong: First Hotel in Hong Kong to Receive Halal Food Certification

| 11/12/2010 | Reply
Hong Kong: First Hotel in Hong Kong to Receive Halal Food Certification

Although Hong Kong is a culturally diversified community, the number of Halal certified restaurants and dining places are still very limited, with majority of them located in Wanchai, Central and Tsimshatsui area. Seeing the huge business potential, SkyCity Marriott has taken the lead and become the first hotel to have successfully obtained the certification.

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Aston Denpasar Hotel & Convention Center in Bali Goes ‘Halal’

| 29/11/2010 | Reply
Aston Denpasar Hotel & Convention Center in Bali Goes ‘Halal’

Underlining the growing role of the Indonesian domestic market, now estimated to represent nearly 60% of all visitors to Bali, a leading four-star property in the capital city of Denpasar has obtained Halal Certification from the Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI).

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Halal-friendly travel emerges as new market sector

| 13/11/2010 | Reply
Halal-friendly travel emerges as new market sector

An increase in Halal travel could have a big economic impact in Europe. The 2010 World Travel Market Global Trends report by Euromonitor International says there are more than 400,000 millionaires in Middle East countries, with a combined worth of more than $1.9 trillion.

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Brunei: Brunei Tourism CEO Promotes Country As Islamic Travel Destination

| 31/10/2010 | Reply
Brunei: Brunei Tourism CEO Promotes Country As Islamic Travel Destination

The CEO of Brunei Tourism has highlighted the need for member countries of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to work together in promoting a Joint Islamic Tourism programme that could bring vast benefits to the region.

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Travel Increasing To Islam Or Halal-Friendly Countries

| 30/10/2010 | Reply
Travel Increasing To Islam Or Halal-Friendly Countries

The surge of Islamophobia in some western countries has resulted into an increased outbound inter-regional travel to “Islam or halal friendly” countries from the Middle East region apart from the increased intraregional travel, a Malaysian senator said.

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Kenya: Halal friendly travel is the next frontier in bid to attract customers

| 15/10/2010 | Reply
Kenya: Halal friendly travel is the next frontier in bid to attract customers

Kenya’s tourism sector has yet to tap into the lucrative halal friendly travel market that is quickly gaining popularity.

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Singapore: Crescentrating launches its first Android mobile application

| 12/10/2010 | Reply
Singapore: Crescentrating launches its first Android mobile application

Now the travellers will be able to access the details of Halal Friendly Hotels, Halal Friendly Holiday packages, Destination Guides, Airports Guides, Halal Restaurants etc through a simple and easy to access interface on their Android mobile phones.

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UK: Halal Friendly Travel on the Programme of World Halal Forum Europe

| 12/10/2010 | Reply
UK: Halal Friendly Travel on the Programme of World Halal Forum Europe

Fazal Bahardeen, CEO of Crescentrating will be speaking at the WHFE on the 10th November on the “The Rise of Halal Friendly Travel”.

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