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Category: Travel & Hospitality

Brunei To Join Forum To Bolster Asean Tourism

| 04/01/2009 | Reply
Brunei To Join Forum To Bolster Asean Tourism

Bandar Seri
Begawan – Brunei Tourism along with other key players of the
local tourism industry will soon be departing for Hanoi, Vietnam to
participate in the 28th Asean Tourism Forum (ATF) 2009.

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Halal Tourism Gaining Popularity ?in Middle East

| 07/12/2008 | Reply
Halal Tourism Gaining Popularity ?in Middle East

DUBAI — A fresh concept in exhibitions and travel — Halal Tourism — is gaining ground in the region.

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United Airlines’ inaugural flight between Washington Dulles and Dubai begins Sunday

| 26/10/2008 | Reply
United Airlines’ inaugural flight between Washington Dulles and Dubai begins Sunday

CHICAGO, IL – United Airlines launches the first-ever nonstop service
on Sunday, October 26 between Washington, D.C., and Dubai. With the
inaugural flight, United becomes the only carrier to offer daily
nonstop service between these important centers of government and
commerce.

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Introducing Brunei to foreign investors

| 26/10/2008 | Reply
Introducing Brunei to foreign investors

The Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR) Brunei yesterday held “Business Investment Seminar and
Business Networking” at Nanning International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Nanning, China to
promote business and investment opportunities in tourism, agribusiness, halal industry, and information and
communication technology (ICT) among foreign investors.

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Brunei ideal for halal tourism

| 28/08/2008 | Reply
Brunei ideal for halal tourism

ISLAMIC
tourism or halal tourism was a concept that was discussed during the
recently concluded International Halal Conference held here. How
feasible is the concept for Brunei? Hajj Abdulhamid Evans, managing
director and senior analyst at Imarat Consultants, a consulting firm
specialising in the halal market, told The Brunei Times that there is
no reason why Brunei cannot apply it to boost tourism since it already
has the values and ingredients in place.

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Summer outbound travel from UAE surges 20 per cent

| 20/08/2008 | Reply
Summer outbound travel from UAE surges 20 per cent

Those interested in capturing the tourists looking for Halal destinations should read this article to keep abreast of where the UAE residents are heading to take their holidays this summer. It is a market that cannot be ignored and when they come they bring the whole family and stay a while. If I was living in the UAE I sure would be heading for greener landscapes and fresh air during the summer months!

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Sultanate Can Be Promoted As Hub For Islamic Tourism

| 18/08/2008 | Reply
Sultanate Can Be Promoted As Hub For Islamic Tourism

Islamic tourism can provide an avenue for Brunei to
develop its tourism industry, in the long term goal of diversifying
its economy. A presentation on “Islamic Tourism and Halal
Hospitality” was delivered yesterday by David Smith, the chief
executive of Global Futures and Foresight UK, during the second day
of the International Halal Market Conference which took place at the
main conference hall of the International Convention Centre in
Brunei.

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Halal food drive starts

| 12/08/2008 | Reply
Halal food drive starts

Thailand has created a Halal
Food Services Standard for Tourism, developed by the Tourism Authority
of Thailand and the Halal Standard Institute of Thailand. What a clever plan! Restaurants are queued up in Malaysia trying to get Halal certification, and in the end most do not bother. This might be a more interesting approach to it.

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‘Halal’ cuisine to attract Muslim tourists to Philippines

| 16/07/2008 | Reply
‘Halal’ cuisine to attract Muslim tourists to Philippines

Making halal cuisine readily available in
tourist destinations will encourage more tourists from Muslim countries
to visit the Philippines. This is according to officials of the Department of Tourism (DOT),
who on Tuesday stressed the need to intensify the promotion and
availability of halal food.


This view is becoming more widespread as many countries around the world look to increase their share of Muslim tourists. The development of this Halal-related travel sector is likely to be one of the key growth areas in the travel and hospitality sector.

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‘Halal tourism’ for Gulf citizens on rise

| 14/07/2008 | Reply
‘Halal tourism’ for Gulf citizens on rise

This article on ‘Halal Tourism’ is right in line with a talk that will be given by Mr David Smith, Chief Executive and Futurist, Global Futures and Foresight at the International Halal Market Conference being held in Brunei Darussalem on th 16-17 August 2008. The topic of Mr Smith’s talk will be The Future of Islamic Tourism and the Halal Hospitality Business. More information on this conference and the programme can be downloaded from the top of this website.

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Landmark to Launch 10 Shariah-Compliant Hotels by 2010

| 04/07/2008 | Reply
Landmark to Launch 10 Shariah-Compliant Hotels by 2010

Landmark Hotel Management LLC has announced that it will be launching 10 world-class Shariah-compliant hotels and serviced apartments in the UAE and KSA by the end of 2010.
The move is in line with the company’s strategy to cater to the
increasing demand for Shariah-compliant projects in the Middle East.

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Saudi Tourism Strategy Takes Shape

| 03/07/2008 | Reply
Saudi Tourism Strategy Takes Shape

Looks like Saudi Arabia is also looking to diversify into tourism. It will be interesting to see what this means and how they develop Halal tourism in their country. Separate facilities for men and women? They could be very successful in this new developing niche market.

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The Year of Faith Tourism 2009

| 03/07/2008 | Reply
The Year of Faith Tourism 2009

Well did you know that 2009 is The Year of Faith Tourism? Now you do. Wonder if the new Halal and Islamic travel and tourism companies will be taking advantage of this? “All sectors of society are encouraged to become actively involved including the media, governments, travel providers/suppliers, faith communities, and individuals.” Apparently faith based travel, tourism and hospitality is an $18 billion industry! Time to launch a few Halal hotels and Halal tour packages.

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British Airways launches new ‘taste team’

| 25/06/2008 | Reply
British Airways launches new ‘taste team’

It is a good sign – and good business sense – that British Airways is catering to the Muslim Halal food market in the GCC region by giving them a nice serving of British cuisine Halal style! I thought the national dish for Britain was curry these days! This is all in line with the new push on Halal tourism. At least if you can eat good food in the air it might make you feel a bit better about paying the higher airfares.

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Halal Tourism

| 18/06/2008 | Reply
Halal Tourism

Once again ‘Halal Tourism’ is coming into travel market news. It is a budding industry that cannot be ignored and the interesting thing is that one of the target markets for this sector is the European Muslims.

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5 ways to fly for cheap

| 18/06/2008 | Reply
5 ways to fly for cheap

Here is a Halal tip from HalalFocus. CNNMoney is writing on how to get the discount air fares needed for travel these days when fuel surcharges are hiking prices up – while you can that is!

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Western branding for next generation Sharia hotels

| 18/06/2008 | Reply
Western branding for next generation Sharia hotels

Dubai-based
Almulla Hospitality plans an international chain of 150
Sharia-compliant hotels by 2015. Around 90 are planned in the Middle
East and North Africa, but the remainder will be Europe, Asia and North
America – and Almulla says it will develop non-Muslim brand names.

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Kipp’s healthcheck on Arab brands’ global ambition

| 17/06/2008 | Reply
Kipp’s healthcheck on Arab brands’ global ambition

Though there is no mention of Halal product brands in this article it is showing that products going out internationally from this region are going to increase. Let’s see with the recent article we put up about UAE increasing its production of Halal food products whether these manufacturers will also consider the international Halal marketplace.

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Islamic hotels spread beyond Gulf

| 06/05/2008 | Reply
Islamic hotels spread beyond Gulf

Shariah-compliant hotels are mushrooming throughout
the Middle East and elsewhere, boosted by an increase in the number of
Arab tourists. The developers of these hotels believe these
establishments will appeal to Muslims and non-Muslims alike as they
provide a culturally unique and relaxing atmosphere for travellers.

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Halal travel packages "will prove successful"

| 02/05/2008 | Reply
Halal travel packages "will prove successful"

Middle Eastern countries seeking to emulate Dubai’s successful foray into

tourism are in search of ways to entice Middle Eastern tourists. By creating

Halal packages that incorporate activities and services in keeping with Islamic

law, companies are creating a concept that Euromonitor International predicts

will prove successful.

The recent World Travel Market report has a section on Halal travel (pages 18-21) that are worth reading for anyone interested in this sector.

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