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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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Brunei: Sultanate to showcase Islamic tourism at Travel Mart 2010

| 11/10/2010 | Reply
Brunei: Sultanate to showcase Islamic tourism at Travel Mart 2010

According to the press statement from Tourism Malaysia, the forum was “inspired by the recent World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF2010)” and seeks to focus on issues that will enhance industry products and practioners’ understanding of the “myriad opportunities of ever-growing numbers of Muslim travelers”.

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Singapore: Crescentrating.com and Halal India announces partnership

| 05/10/2010 | Reply
Singapore: Crescentrating.com and Halal India announces partnership

Singapore based Crescentrating.com, which provides “Halal Friendly” rating for travel & tourism services and facilities, and Halal India, the leader in Halal certification in India, today announced a partnership to boost the growing Halal industry in India.

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Jakim To Conduct Spot Checks On Hotels To Authenticate Halal Compliance

| 04/06/2010 | Reply
Jakim To Conduct Spot Checks On Hotels To Authenticate Halal Compliance

The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) will be conducting spot checks on hotels nationwide to ensure authenticity of halal certification. Its director-general Datuk Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz said the step was necessary to safeguard the interests of Muslim guests at the hotels, local and foreigners alike, besides protecting the good reputation of Malaysia’s tourism […]

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Cashing in on Muslim travelers

| 10/05/2010 | Reply
Cashing in on Muslim travelers

Here is a video clip from the BBC about the increasing focus on Muslim travelers and the potential new market that this represents.

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New UK Motorway Prayer Facilities

| 06/05/2010 | Reply
New UK Motorway Prayer Facilities

There are two portacabins, complete with wudhu facilities, available for prayer for Muslim travellers. One on the M6 at Junction 10a, the other on the M1 at Junctions 11 & 12. Another bonus for the Halal traveller!

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Tourism Market In Malaysia Outstrips Expectations

| 04/02/2010 | Reply
Tourism Market In Malaysia Outstrips Expectations

Tourist arrivals to Malaysia outstripped our expectations in 2009. Looking at the most recent data available from the Immigration Department, the country welcomed 21.51mn tourists over January- November 2009, an increase of 7.6% year-on-year (y-o-y). October and November were particularly strong months, with tourist arrivals up by 14.3% and 11% y-o-y respectively. The robust performance […]

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Malaysia to assist Brunei in tourism data collection

| 30/01/2010 | Reply
Malaysia to assist Brunei in tourism data collection

Brunei will be looking to Malaysia to aid in
enhancing the Sultanate’s tourism data collection systems as well as
cooperate on other tourism-related areas following a bilateral meet
between the tourism ministers of both countries yesterday. The ministers met at the sidelines of the Mean Tourism Forum (ATF)
2010 at The Empire Hotel & Country Club.

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Brunei Tourism infrastructure under scrutiny at travel mart

| 30/01/2010 | Reply
Brunei Tourism infrastructure under scrutiny at travel mart

TRAVEL buyers have expressed their concern over inadequate
tourism-related infrastructure in Brunei as the Asean Travel Exchange
(TRAVEX) 2010 came to a close yesterday. Let’s see if Brunei can now fast track all its plans it has in place to address all the issues that were raised during the tourism event, which has now been handed over to Cambodia for next year.

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World’s largest airport commercial lounge opens in Hong Kong

| 26/01/2010 | Reply
World’s largest airport commercial lounge opens in Hong Kong

If you can’t afford to travel Business Class in the air perhaps you might like to pay to enjoy the luxury of a First Class lounge while waiting to board your Economy Class flight at the airport. The new commercial Travelers’ Lounge ‘pay-in lounge’ at Hong Kong International Airport is even offering Halal Food for its guests wanting pre-flight pampering.

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Thai Airways launches First Class Service to Dubai

| 03/12/2009 | Reply
Thai Airways launches First Class Service to Dubai

Thai Airways International has started offering
Royal First Class service between Bangkok and Dubai utilizing
Airbus 340-600 aircraft. THAI has a
substantial Halal food catering division providing up to 4,000
meals a day on its own flights to Muslim countries such as
Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Brunei, India, Oman, Kuwait and
the UAE.

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First Fully Halal Hotel in Capetown

| 03/12/2009 | Reply
First Fully Halal Hotel in Capetown

This will be Capetown’s first halal
hotel run by an organisation which not only prides itself on it’s core
values of honesty, integrity and respect, it also offers an
alcohol-free or “dry” environment.

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Reaping the rewards

| 05/11/2009 | Reply
Reaping the rewards

As international demand for halal products rises, Ben Watts examines
the size and potential of a market that is attracting attention from
operators around the world — in F&B and beyond.

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France’s army embraces its Muslim soldiers

| 15/09/2009 | Reply
France’s army embraces its Muslim soldiers

Muslims in France’s army who go on
the pilgrimage to Mecca this year will not have to travel on private
commercial flights or bunk with ordinary civilians. In a break from
tradition, the Defence Ministry will provide a plane to fly them to
Saudi Arabia and organize their stay.

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