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The Muslim travel market is one of the fastest growing travel markets in the world and comprises a significant percentage of the entire travel market. Therefore it is of great importance that the Muslim market segment is taken into consideration when devising destination marketing strategies.

With destination marketing it is possible to communicate with potential visitors and ultimately influence their preferences when it comes to choosing destinations, their travel intentions and finally, their choice of destination and products. With properly implemented destination marketing strategies, it is possible to increase the number of visitors received by a particular town, city, region or country. Convention sales, tourism marketing and services all form an important aspect of destination marketing.

Europe To Host First-Ever International Conference On Halal Tourism - 2.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Europe is hosting the first-ever international conference on halal tourism to look at how the industry can capitalise on one of the fastest growing sectors in the world.

The Halal Tourism Conference, which is being held on 22 and 23 September 2014, will bring together the global travel industry to discuss ways of tapping into this niche market.

The event, which is being hosted in Andalucia, Spain, aims to equip delegates with market intelligence, industry forecasts and trends to understand how to market to the lucrative Muslim consumer and benefit commercially.

Ramadan is the religious observance of fasting in Islam and Muslims fast this whole month annually. The date cannot be determined in advance due to the nature of the lunar calendar, however it is expected to begin around the 27th or 28th of June 2014. The dates may vary from country to country as Muslims have to begin and end the month of Ramadan after sighting the new moon. This month is a special month for Muslims around the world and observing fast is a compulsory act of worship if you are an adult although most children take part in this ritual as well. The fast should to be observed from sunrise to sunset and as it is the month of seeking repentance, Muslims need to spend a lot of time in prayer. Most Muslims don’t travel much during this month unless it is on pilgrimage to Makkah. But when it is essential to travel on work or for other reasons, Muslims are mostly reluctant travelers because finding Muslim-friendly facilities are not easy in most countries.

The Middle East is a loosely defined geographic region with most of the countries belonging to western Asia with the exception of Egypt, which is part of Africa, and the north western part of Turkey which is part of Europe. The countries within this region are Egypt, Iran, Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Cyprus and Bahrain. Although this region is the smallest, it is the fastest growing tourist generating region in the world, with the outbound travel segment- growing at a very rapid rate and is expected to increase further in the coming years. This surge in outbound travel is the result of stronger economic conditions, rising disposable income, population growth and the rise in middle income expatriates traveling back home to visit family. Business travel too has risen with renewed investments in the country and closer international ties between companies. In the year 2012 outbound departures recorded a rise of 9% despite the negative impact of political unrest in the Middle East. This growth rate of 9% is the highest in the world and is well above the global rate of 3.5%.

Muslim travelers around the world represent a major marketing opportunity, and are an important segment in the travel, hospitality and tourism industry. With Muslim travelers spending over $120 billion on outbound travel in 2012, and its expected growth in the coming years, many countries are seeing the potential for attracting this segment of travelers. To make a destination Muslim-friendly, countries need to first educate the various business establishments that deal with the travel and tourism industry about the specific needs of these travelers. Many countries are enlisting the help of Crescentrating; a company that provides Halal-friendly travel consultancy services and pioneers in this field. Crescentrating also conducts workshops in order to evaluate the market and identify the consumer needs so that they can help these countries and businesses provide a better service and attract more tourists from this segment of travelers.

The Muslim traveler is an important part of the travel industry, which until recently has not been taken seriously. Most Muslims have had to take care of their requirements or compromise on certain aspects of their holiday needs in order to vacation in different parts of the world. Some even stuck to holidaying in their own country or would travel to a Muslim country where their needs would be met. The main requirement of a Muslim traveler would include availability of halal food in the hotel or halal restaurants located close by, prayer facilities, a family friendly environment and separate leisure facilities for men and women. For those traveling during Ramadan, the availability of Muslim-friendly facilities would be of utmost importance; mainly halal meals provided at the required times and prayer facilities. However not many hotel chains and restaurants have realized the large market they are missing out on when they don’t provide these facilities.

The Muslim travel industry and the halal food industry are two industries which are growing at a rapid rate. With the increasing demand for better Muslim travel facilities and halal food products many countries are making a huge effort in trying to capture this billion dollar market. Many countries are holding seminars in order to create awareness of the halal concept and to educate their local businesses and industries of the global opportunities available to them. With most Muslims traveling abroad at least once a year on vacation with their families, many countries are creating packages to suit their requirements. Several airlines too are making changes and providing better services to Muslim travelers.

Finding Halal restaurants in Dubai will be quite a simple task. With almost every restaurant in Dubai serving Halal food, Muslim travellers will be presented with an amazing variety of mouthwatering dishes to choose from – including popular local delights such as shawarmas and falafels. A wide range of food is on offer, with Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and South Asian fare available at numerous restaurants. A few prominent restaurants and eateries have been highlighted below.

Mosques in Paris - 1.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Paris is the cosmopolitan capital of France, located in the north, on the river Seine. Known as a fashion capital, the city is home to some of the best designer clothing and cosmetic brands in the world. Popular among tourists for its numerous iconic landmarks, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, museums, galleries and Michelin star restaurants, Paris is one of the most visited cities of the world. It is home to some of the most famous landmarks and sites, including the Eiffel Tower, which is the most-visited among the city’s many attractions. Other famous sites include Notre Dame, Arc De Triomph, Centre Georges Pompidou, Catacombes de Paris, Palace of Versailles and the Pantheon. Musée d'Orsay and the Louvre are two of the city’s most famous museums. The Louvre’s department of Islamic art houses the oldest Islamic collection that might be of special interest to Muslim visitors.

Madrid; the capital and largest city of Spain, is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city that is home to the Spanish monarch and is also the business and political center of Spain. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and is famous for its great cultural and artistic heritage, architectural wonders, historical marvels and world famous restaurant culture.

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  • Cinquantenaire Park - Brussels

    The Cinquantenaire Park in Brussels is an expansive public park is the European Quarter of Brussels. The park was originally built as part of the military exercising ground outside the city center. Today the original pavilions have been replaced by the Triumphal Arch, which was designed by the French architect…
  • City Museum of Brussels

    Explore a Collection of Miniature Scale Models & Decorative Art! Located in the historic heart of Brussels, the City Museum is placed inside a neo-Gothic style building the King's House. The museum is opposite to the City Hall in the Grand-Place. The museum aims at providing an overview of the historic…
  • Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren

    Just outside Brussels in Tervuren is the must-visit Royal Museum for Central Africa.

    An ethnographical and natural history museum, the Royal Museum for Central Africa was established in the year 1898. The museum mainly aims at Congo, a former colony of Belgium;

  • The Royal Palace in Brussels

    The Royal Palace in Brussels, or the Palais Royal, is the official palace of the Belgium Monarchy This is the place where state receptions and court ceremonies are held. The Royal Palace has been standing at its location since the 12th century. To know that a monarch is in the country,…
  • Chateaus of Belgium

    Belgium is home to over thousands of chateaus, castles or palaces.

    Each of these castles has its unique charm and architecture that is worth seeing. Belgium is known for having more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world. Some of the noteworthy chateaus of Belgium are mentioned below.

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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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