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Industry experts have noted that Muslims around the Middle East and elsewhere are increasingly looking to the UAE as an ideal travel destination - due to its Islamic provenance and modern sensibilities. Sharjah in particular was identified as a destination that attracts a large share of the Halal and family tourism industry since its hotels serve no alcohol and provide separate pools, gym and spa facilities for men and women.

The UAE also embraces its role as a leader in the provision of Islamic finance, strengthening its position as a premier destination that can compete with the powerhouses of the Halal tourism industry such as Malaysia and Turkey.

A safe and secure environment is key to attracting any tourist to a destination. Historically, empirical studies reveal a very high correlation between a safe travel environment and the number of tourist arrivals to a particular destination. Thus, a safe travel environment is an important catalyst when selecting a tourist destination to travel to.

Orlando International Airport - an International Airport in Florida, USA - has made plans to implement a prayer room for Muslim travellers following Emirates Airlines' decision to offer non-stop flights in an out of Orlando in March.

The airport will be spending approximately $250,000 to construct a prayer room that will open for Emirates’ inaugural flight on September 1. The place will also include ablution facility, carry-on-luggage bins and shoe racks, and there will be directional signs for north, south, east and west to guide the Qibla direction.

CrescentRating, the world’s leading authority on Halal tourism, has officially launched the world's first-ever Halal Travel Glossary. The new guide is a comprehensive and unique collection of key terms and expressions related to the $145 billion Halal travel market.

It is the first of its kind and serves as an excellent resource for travel professionals and businesses to gain a better understanding of some of the most commonly-used terminology in the Halal travel market.  

The glossary will be extremely beneficial for all travel-related businesses who serve, or plan to serve, the lucrative Muslim market which is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world. 

The world’s leading authority on Halal travel today launched a new glossary providing access to a wealth of terminology used in one of the fastest growing sectors globally.

CrescentRating has published a new guide which promotes accurate and consistent use of terms in the Halal travel market. Over 150 terms and concepts have been entered and validated with regular updates planned as the market matures. 

Users can obtain a quick list of terms through the glossary which has been divided into sections for easy navigation. It has been published as a free downloadable e-book with plans to make it an online resource in the near future.

With tourist arrivals in July 2015 having risen by 38% year-on-year, Thailand is experiencing a surge in tourist arrivals at the peak of the first high season this year. The number of Middle Eastern visitors grew strongly, which shows that the shifting focus of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) not just towards East Asia, but also the Middle East and North Africa region, is starting to pay off. Many recent steps were taken by Thailand to attract more Middle Eastern tourists, namely a stronger focus on Halal food and Halal tourism. 

Thailand, which was the 10th most visited country in the world in 2014 and 7th in terms of international tourism receipts, welcomed 2.64mn visitors in July. The government expects record arrivals of 30mn tourists for the whole year, generating up to 63bn in tourism revenue, as Thailand's high tourist season peaks another time starting in November.

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