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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.

In a bid to reach out to Muslim travellers, the Tourism Authority of Thailand is set to invite over a hundred tour agents and industry experts to Thailand for the Thailand Travel Mart 2015 - scheduled to be held from the 3rd to the 5th of June. Attracting more Muslim tourists is also in line with the Thailand government policy to promote Halal food. 

The Tourism Authority of Thailand stated that its main Muslim tourist markets were Saudi Arabia, Iran, UAE, Indonesia, Kuwait, Turkey, Malaysia and Oman. Thailand has seen a surge in Muslim tourist arrivals since 2007, with a growth rate of 7.6% to receive over 2 million arrivals in 2013 alone.

Tourist arrivals from Malaysia have increased by 41% in Japan over the course of last year. Japan received 249,500 tourists from Malaysia in 2014, in comparison to only 176,712 Malaysian tourist arrivals in 2013. The number of Malaysian tourist arrivals is the highest ever received by Japan since 2006.

The Head of Consular Office of Japan - Hirofumi Morikawa - stated that most of these tourists were Muslim travellers. The rise in numbers is believed to a result of the many Muslim-friendly facilities - such as prayer rooms and halal restaurants - that were recently set up in Japan in a bid to reach out to the Muslim travel market.

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