Category: Travel & Hospitality

Opinion: Trip to the Balkans – Part 1

| 09/06/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Trip to the Balkans –  Part 1

It was my first visit to the Balkans, where I was doing a series of Halal Workshops, and I was struck by the natural beauty of the region. They all have plenty to offer; great views of nature, beautiful mountain ranges, sprawling valleys, historic old towns… really great places to explore!

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Halal Hotels Cater to Muslim Tourists

| 03/06/2011 | Reply
Halal Hotels Cater to Muslim Tourists

In a bid to lure Muslim tourists, hotels across the Middle East are replacing traditional Western signs of luxury with others carrying Arab and Muslim touches. About 88 percent of Arab travelers said they would like to stay in an Islamic hotel during their holiday travel.

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Thailand welcomes Middle East visitors for Ramadan

| 30/05/2011 | Reply
Thailand welcomes Middle East visitors for Ramadan

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), in collaboration with Thai hotels and travel industry partners, is set to entice Middle Eastern travellers to Thailand with a ‘home away from home’ experience this summer by way of special “Ramadan Packages” and related activities during the Holy Month.

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Opinion: Dubai’s skyscrapers, stained by the blood of migrant workers

| 28/05/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Dubai’s skyscrapers, stained by the blood of migrant workers

Dubai seems to be a place where the worst of western capitalism and Gulf Arab racism meet in a horrible vortex. The Indian consulate in Dubai has revealed that at least two Indian expats commit suicide each week. There is something deeply sinister about Dubai luxury.

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UK: London’s Edgware Road is a crossroads of East and West

| 28/05/2011 | Reply
UK: London’s Edgware Road is a crossroads of East and West

This is the time of year when Edgware bursts into activity as visitors from the Gulf migrate to the fashionable London district to escape the summer heat. Edgware Road’s microculture hints at an intriguing global multicultural future for the Arab and Muslim worlds.

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Germany: Munich Airport Opens Muslim Prayer Room in Terminal 1

| 25/05/2011 | Reply
Germany: Munich Airport Opens Muslim Prayer Room in Terminal 1

Serving as a gateway to the Middle East is Module C in Terminal 1, where airlines such as Emirates, Etihad Airways and Oman Air offer flights to major centers in the region. In addition to signage in German, English and Arabic, the food services in departure area feature halal menu selections.

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Brunei: MIPR – Polish Visit

| 23/05/2011 | Reply
Brunei: MIPR – Polish Visit

Brunei Halal brand, tourism industry and preferred list of industries promoted by the Sultanate were highlighted yesterday to Jerzy Wenderlich, Deputy Marshall of Sejm of the Republic of Poland and members of the Polish Parliament.

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Australia: Search for: Gold Coast Tourism pitches Arab lounge to draw Middle Eastern visitors

| 16/05/2011 | Reply
Australia: Search for:  Gold Coast Tourism pitches Arab lounge to draw Middle Eastern visitors

The Middle East has become a lucrative tourist market for the Coast over the past decade, delivering tens of thousands of visitors, including wealthy Arab sheiks and their entourages. Many Gold Coast hotels and theme parks now have prayer rooms and serve halal food to cater for Muslim visitors.

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Italy eager to boost trade, investment ties with UAE

| 10/05/2011 | Reply
Italy eager to boost trade, investment ties with UAE

A majority of the Middle East and Gulf tourists look for Halal foods when they go abroad and Italy is not an exception. Italy has a good variety of Halal food and trying to improve it more. There is certified authentic Halal food available in Italy and it is also very important for their exports to Arab countries.

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Thailand:Royal Cliff Hotels Group opening a Halal certified kitchen

| 10/05/2011 | Reply
Thailand:Royal Cliff Hotels Group opening a Halal certified kitchen

The need to cater to the various patrons of the Royal Cliff Hotels Group has prompted the management to come up with this highly welcomed initiative for the benefit of all Muslim travelers.

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Thailand: List of Halal restaurants available

| 24/03/2011 | Reply
Thailand: List of Halal restaurants available

CICOT, The Central Islamic Committee of Thailand has produced a list of restaurants, including Hotel restaurants throughout Thailand that have been approved by CICOT. The list is in Thai and English, and is available for download.

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UK: Luxury Halal Sun & Beach Resort Holidays

| 14/03/2011 | Reply
UK: Luxury Halal Sun & Beach Resort Holidays

In 2009 a group of visionary Muslims with senior management experience from travel and bluechip companies came together to realise the Crescent Tours vision – Holidays with an Islamic ethos.

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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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