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The South Korean government has approved an annual budget of $4mn to promote medical tourism. The medical tourism sector in South Korea saw tourists from the Middle East spending the largest amount of money per person on medical services in 2014 - with travellers from the UAE topping the list.  

In 2014 alone, medical tourists from the UAE spent an average of $16,271 on medical services in South Korea, as stated by The Korea Tourism Organisation. The regional government’s statistics show a 370% increase in spending by tourists from the UAE over the course of 2013.

Istanbul is set to host the world's largest international showcase of Halal travel - Halal Tourism Conference 2015 - from the 1st of December to the 3rd of December this year. The three day event will be held at the Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre and will see the participation of 1,000 delegates from over 50 countries, including several industry experts.

Halal Tourism Conference 2015 will feature a wide range of speeches and discussions from experts on how Halal travel can be promoted and how travel experiences can be improved with the new technology. 

Australia's Gold Coast is expected to receive an influx of travellers from the Middle East due to the Australian Dollar declining to a level 30% cheaper than the previous summer.

The number of Middle East travellers to Gold Coast increased by 20% last year itself, with the rapid growth of the leisure sector. The average leisure spend also increased by 63%, benefiting the economy by A$ 523 million - an increase of 59% over the previous year. Figures are expected to rise further, with the decline of the Aussie Dollar.

Two of the world’s biggest names in halal tourism will launch new products aimed at revolutionising the fastest growing sector in the industry at the premier show for travel in the Middle East.

CrescentRating and HalalTrip will be exhibiting at this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai next month and will launch a number of new products over the course of the four-day event. 

In order to reach out to more Muslim tourists, the Government of South Korea is planning to publish Arabic versions of its official Halal restaurant guidebook. The guidebook is an excellent source of information on South Korea's local Halal restaurants and was first published in January earlier this year.

The Arabic version of the guidebook is expected to be published by May and will be distributed to the travel agencies and offices under the Korea Tourism Organization.

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