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Having been named a destination for the "best and most affordable healthcare" by International Living magazine, Malaysia is quickly becoming a popular destinations in South Asia for Halal medical tourism.

Though it is a relatively new player in the market, Malaysia's high quality care, lower costs and shorter recovery time have resulted in the number of foreign travellers seeking medical care in Malaysia to double to around 770,000 within the span of five years.

With use of the halal treatments, Malaysia expects a larger share of the Muslim market. By offering patients Halal options such as gelatin-free and porcine-free products, Malaysia aims to reach out to Halal-conscious patients by offering them a medical alternative.

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://news.yahoo.com/malaysia-tries-parlay-appeal-muslim-visitors-medical-tourism-211718777.html

The city of Chiba aims to earn the title of being the Muslim-friendly centre of Japan and hopes to attract more Muslim travellers in the future.

Local businesses in a range of fields and sectors are being encouraged by the municipal government to become more Muslim-friendly and are being told to implement steps that enable them to better serve Muslim travellers. 

Chiba is presently a popular tourist destination and sees a growing number of Southeast Asian travellers to the city. 

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://www.eat-halal.com/city-of-chiba-aims-to-be-japans-muslim-friendly-center/

Why is the availability of prayer facilities so important to Muslim travelers? - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Prayer is the method of worship and the main connection of man to Allah (God) and is considered to be the most important obligation and duty of a Muslim. Abandoning prayer is considered to be a major sin that a Muslim can commit. Every Muslim is expected to pray five times a day and not praying is not an option. However Muslims do have the option of shortening and combining prayers when travelling. 

Many hotels and restaurants around the world offer Ramadhan buffets to guests during the holy month of fasting. However, several of these premises are known to serve non-halal products and the question arises as to how genuinely Halal their Ramadhan buffets are.

Several Muslim scholars in Malaysia are pressing the need for such premises to obtain Halal certification in order to ensure that food being served comply with Halal rules and regulations. Ramadhan buffet promotions that are not in accordance to Halal standards have resulted in strict legal action being taken against them.

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://www.malaysiandigest.com/frontpage/282-main-tile/508573-how-halal-are-ramadan-buffets.html

Muslim tourists around the world represent a fast growing niche market comprising of an affluent young demographic with unique needs. Many of these Muslim majority markets are fast emerging economies with high population growth and have some similar requirements pertaining to travel such as halal food, separate recreation facilities, prayer facilities and other Muslim-friendly facilities. However this sizeable Muslim tourist market is culturally diverse and widely distributed and therefore will have different habits and patterns of travel. Although this group of travelers can be segmented due to their common need of Muslim-friendly facilities, their destination preferences and travel habits and patterns might vary according to their age, travel purpose and the region they are from.

Muslim tourists globally represent the fastest growing travel segment in the world. With most of these travelers being young and married with families the decision process on where to holiday will be made by all the members in the family. The comfort level of the women and the facilities available to them will play an important role in deciding the holiday destination of these Muslim families. Like all holiday makers Muslim travelers too want to enjoy every single activity and experience the country through its sights sounds and flavors. Muslim travelers do have certain unique needs in comparison to their counterparts when they travel, like halal food, prayer facilities, separate leisure facilities and family activities, which is why they will have to look for destinations that have Muslim friendly-facilities so that they can enjoy their holiday like every other individual.

The Halal food and beverage market is on the rise, with research showing that it has expanded to a value worth $1.1 trillion in 2013.

The Halal food and beverage market - which includes products ranging from raw Halal meats to processed food and cold drinks - presently accounts for over 16% of the world's entire food and beverage market and is expected to increase to around $1.6 trillion over the next four years.

For the full article and more information, please visit:  http://www.emirates247.com/business/global-halal-food-market-seen-growing-to-1-6-trillion-by-2018-2014-08-11-1.559037

Muslim travellers tend to check the availability of certain facilities before deciding on a hotel or accommodation option. The extent to which services and facilities for Muslim travellers - such as Halal food and prayer facilities – are available play a major role in their decision making process. Hotels that offer a certain level of facilities for Muslims will be the preferred choice of accommodation amongst Muslim travellers.

According the latest figures released by CrescentRating, Muslim travelers to Japan is projected to more than triple by 2020. In 2013, it estimates 300,000 Muslims tourists visited Japan. This figure could reach 1,000,000 by 2020.

Can Airports Ignore Muslim Travellers? - 1.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Airports cater to various types of travellers from around the world and see large numbers of passengers throughout the year. Good airports should be capable of providing facilities that cater to the diverse needs of travellers. With the Muslim travel market being one of the fastest growing market segments in the industry, it is of great importance that airports ensure that they are able to cater to the specific needs of Muslim travellers.

Cambodia Info

COMMERCIAL/ ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL: Phnom Penh

GEOGRAPHY

Has an area of 181,035 square kilometers and lies entirely within the tropics.It has a 443 kilometer coastline along the Gulf of Thailand.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 14,000,000. Muslims account for about 1.6% of the population

CLIMATE

Cambodia is dominated by monssons. The temperature ranges from 21° C to 35° C. Tropical and warm.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Khmer is the official language.

LOCAL TIME

UTC+7

BUSINESS HOURS

Government/General Offices: 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM and again from 2 PM to 5PM (Monday to Friday)

HOLIDAYS

New Years: January 1st
Victory Day: January 7th
Khmer New Year: April 14th - 16th
Labour Day: May 1st
King Sihamoni's Birthday: May 13th - 15th
Queen Mother's Birthday: June 18th
Constitution Day: September 24th
Pchum Ben Festival: September 26th
King Father's Birthday: October 31st
Independence Day: November 9th
Mourning Day: November 25th

Dates on the following holidays vary:
Meak Bochea
Visaka Bochea
Royal Ploughing Ceremony

CURRENCY

KHR Riel, United States Dollar

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/ Emergencies: 117
Medical/ Ambulance: 119
Fire: 118

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