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The number of Muslim travellers visiting Vietnam has seen a considerable growth over the last few years. The country is becoming a popular travel destination amongst Muslim travellers - particularly from Indonesia, Malaysia, India and the Middle East - due to the availability of affordable tours and commodity prices.

Vietnam is now focusing on targeting more Muslim visitor arrivals in the future by upgrading its facilities to provide a Muslim-friendly environment for travellers.

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://www.ttrweekly.com/site/2014/10/vietnam-eyes-muslim-travellers/

Industry experts have noted that Singapore companies have the edge in Muslim-friendly tourism and are presently using their familiarity with Muslim-friendly travel to tap into further business opportunities.

CrescentRating has been identified as one such company for its research, consultancy and training services on Muslim travel. Singapore companies are expected to extend their knowledge and expertise to assist countries like Japan to better serve Muslim travellers in the future.

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://business.asiaone.com/news/singapore-companies-have-the-edge-muslim-tourism

Following Europe's first conference on Halal tourism, travel industry experts have predicted Spain's Andalucia to become a hub of interest for Muslim travellers and holidaymakers.

Andalucia has been garnering a lot of interest from Muslim travellers due to its Islamic heritage. Industry experts believe that it is ideally positioned to capture a larger share of the growing Muslim market.

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2014/10/05/one-halal-of-a-time-andalucia-sets-its-sight-on-halal-tourism/

Muslim travellers looking for a Muslim-friendly hotel in Spain need look no further. Alanda Hotel Marbella has received recognition for its efforts to cater to Muslim guests and was recently awarded a Muslim-friendly rating of 4 by CrescentRating, based on the services and facilities it offers Muslim guests.

Located on Marbella's Golden Mile overlooking the expansive Mediterranean Sea and beautiful Sierra Blanca Mountain, Alanda Hotel Marbella is a luxury 4 star hotel which is ideal for individual travellers, holidaymakers as well as business travellers. The hotel is famed for is blissfully serene atmosphere and offers guests a wealth of services and facilities to ensure a comfortable stay.

Prayer facilities at Alanda Hotel Marbella include prayer rooms as well as prayer mats, prayer timetables and a Quran in each guestroom. Muslim guests may also visit the Mosque King Abdulaziz during prayer times, which is located right next to the hotel. The mosque is also known as Marbella Mosque and accommodates up to 800 people.

Dining options at Alanda Hotel Marbella will be plentiful for Muslim guests, with Halal food readily available. No alcohol is served and the hotel is also equipped with a Halal-certified kitchen and restaurant. It is capable of providing Halal banquets on request as well as Iftar and Suhoor during Ramadhan.

Other facilities offered to guests include a fully-equipped fitness centre, swimming pool, health club and spa, sauna, massages and beauty treatments. Business travellers are offered numerous meeting venues as well as the services of hosts, translators and photographers for their business needs.

Alanda Hotel Marbella was bought a year ago by the Saudi corporation Fawaz al Hokair and is considered to be an ideal focal point for Halal tourism in the region due to its close proximity to the King Abdulaziz mosque located just a few metres away. Halal tourism generates an estimated €300 million into Andalucia every year and is gradually becoming a lucrative business model.

 

 

Following Europe's first conference on Halal tourism which took place in Spain last week, American online news website The Huffington Post published an introduction and guide to Halal tourism.

The guide provides a quick introduction to Halal tourism and highlights its various aspects such as the necessity of Halal food and prayer facilities while travelling and how Muslim-friendly hotels cater to Muslim guests. CrescentRating - which was the Official Knowledge Partner of the Halal Tourism conference - is also listed along with HalalTrip as the front-runners of the Halal tourism industry.

The Halal Tourism Conference 2014 took place on the 22nd and 23rd September in Granada, Spain. The conference was attended by several tourist boards, travel agents, tour operators, Halal certification bodies, hotel managers and other players in the tourism industry.

The Maldive Islands or more commonly known as Maldives has always been knows as a romantic getaway for honeymooners. With over a 100 remote, ‘resort islands’, Maldives offers a private and personalized holiday like no other. It is home to picturesque, secluded beaches, incredibly fresh seafood, crystal clear lagoons, friendly people and a number of exhilarating water sports; making it a perfect destination to unwind and relax, and to have some fun. Individuals come from all over the world to dive in the clear, warm water found in Maldives. The reefs found here are exquisite and visitors get the chance to observe thousands of fish species, as well as other underwater creatures in their own habitat.

There are also several islands to explore, and excursions to inhabited islands are quite popular. For those seeking relaxation, Maldives is a natural spa. With breathtaking views and deserted beaches to relax on, tourists looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city will absolutely love Maldives. Visitors also get the change to indulge in world-class Maldivian spa treatments offered at pretty much every resort in the Maldives.

Japan Halal Expo 2014 - a major halal-themed international expo - will be held in Chiba Prefecture in November, in response to the recent increase in Muslim tourists to Japan.

The Halal food expo will be held on two days - on the 26th and 27th of November - at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba with the aim of promoting awareness on Halal food and the latest trends and patterns of the Muslim travel market. Japan-based Muslims at the expo will also be given the opportunity to provide feedback on whether Japan is a Muslim-friendly country.

Japan has seen an increased number of visits from Muslim travellers over the past year due to visa relaxations and further measures implemented by Japan to make the country more Muslim-friendly. The number of Muslim travellers to Japan is expected to reach one million by 2020.

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/09/25/national/major-halal-food-expo-planned-help-make-japan-friendly-muslim-tourists/#.VCjQxfmSxv5

Authentic Japanese cuisine - also known as Washoku - is becoming increasingly available for Muslim tourists in Japan. The Malaysia Halal Corporation has been actively involved in providing Halal certification for various restaurants and eateries.

Narita Airport in Tokyo already offers two Halal outlets - Kineyamugimaru Restaurant and Agetatenoaji, Tentei - which are popular Muslim-friendly restaurants located on 5th floor of the center of T1 and 4th floor of T2 respectively. The airport also houses the Narita Airport Rest House which is a Muslim-friendly hotel given a rating of 4 by CrescentRating. More hotels in Japan - such as Hotel Granvia Kyoto which has been given a rating of 3 by CrescentRating - are also providing Halal menus and Halal-certified kitchens amongst other facilities in a bid to attract more Muslim guests.

Muslims in Turkey are preparing for the annual Haji pilgrimage coming up in October this year. The first group of pilgrims are set to depart on the 1st of September and will see a dry run of hajj rites. A special ceremony will see off the pilgrims at the Esenboğa airport in Ankara.

For the full article and more information, please visit: 
http://www.dailysabah.com/nation/2014/08/29/turkeys-muslims-set-to-begin-hajj-journey

Halal tourism on the rise in Central England - 1.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Midlands businesses in the United Kingdom providing services and products to Muslims are being encouraged to adopt measures and strategies that are in line with specific Halal requirements. 

With the number of Muslim tourists visiting the United Kingdom on the rise, industry experts believe that tapping into the global Halal tourism boom could be worth millions for UK companies and also provide more opportunities for companies to conduct business on an international level

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://www.thebusinessdesk.com/westmidlands/news/661038-midlands-businesses-urged-to-tap-into-halal-tourism-boom.html?news_section=273986

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Belgium Info

ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL: Brussels

 

GEOGRAPHY

Situated in the North Europe, Belgium is surrounded by the boarders of France, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany and boarders the north sea. Belgium has an area of 30,527 sq Kilometres.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 11 Million. Muslims account for about 6% of the population.

CLIMATE

Influanced by the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean Belgium has a temperate maritime climate like most of Northwest Europe. The average temp in the country is Aprox 9.8C (50F).

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Belgium uses three official languages : Dutch, French and German

LOCAL TIME

GMT +1 hr.

BUSINESS HOURS
General: 10 AM to 6 PM

HOLIDAYS
New Year's Day: January 1st
Labour Day : May 1st
National Holiday: July 21st
Assumption of Mary : Augest 15th
All Saints : November 1st
Armistice Day : November 11th
Christmas : December 25th

CURRENCY

Euro

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/Medical/Fire: 112

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