Halal food for the travel industry as Muslim tourists grow
By Quintus Perera
One of the major causes for the high incidence of serious illnesses like heart attacks and strokes is over-eating. The health aspect and consuming wholesome food has become the concern of the Halal industry (Islamic food) and also some big international companies have shown greater concern.
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KHIDMAT pelancongan yang mesra pelawat Islam akan menjadi topik utama dua forum antarabangsa yang akan membincangkan mengenai potensi pasaran halal, April ini.
"Travelling as a Muslim is not different as compared to travelling before becoming a Muslim, as long as certain guidelines are adhered to. Tourists, Muslim or not, are required to be respectful of their place of travels, to represent themselves and their own country in a positive light. For new Muslims, there is now a bigger obligation to represent Islam as a religion of knowledge and beauty."...
"Crescentrating, pools Muslim-friendly accommodation, halal-dining facilities, masjids, du
Voice of America reports on the rise of Halal Friendly Travel and the economic benefits that it could bring even to places like Britain.
Read here the full report : Voice of America : World Halal Travel Industry Grows
Berita Harian, the leading Malay newspaper in Singapore and The Halal Journal reports on the Coorperation between Crescentrating and Halal India, to promote Halal Friendly Travel in India.
Rushdi Siddiqui, the Global Head of Islamic Finance at Thomson Reuters, in this special report on Gulf News acknowledges the contributions to the Sharia investing and in general to the Halal Industry. He states "These people cum institutions are the
Crescentrating launched its first mobile application for Android phones in October 2010. The applications' launch has been covered by TTG TravelHub, AMEInfo, HalalFocus, The Halal Journal, MuslimVillage
Sankei Biz article on Crescentrating and Muslim Travel market | Monday 20th, September 2010
The article is wriiten by the Singapore Bureau Chief, Miyano Hiroyuki, based on a recent interview he did with Fazal Bahardeen, CEO Crescentrating.
Dry hotels are losing 30% on the bottom line |Hotelier Middle East by Hotelier Middle East Staff, Thursday, September 16 2010
According to this report, Hotels loose 30% on their profits margins, when they chose not to serve Alcohol in the Hotel. Some Hotel managers interviewed in the report say that this can never be made up with any other activities in the hotel (Assume what is meant here as 30% drop is the drop in the profit margins as a percentage)
It will be good to do some more research on the subject. There are many restaurants especially in Asia which have gone "Halal" and then increased their revenue. They continue to expand their Halal outlets !
As far as Crescentrating for Hotels; being an alcohol free Hotel is one of the minimum requirements for the Hotel to be granted a Crescentrating of 6 or 7.
Hotels choose halal to woo Muslim tourists | Business Daily (Africa) by WANGUI MAINA, Thursday, September 16 2010
According to this report, countries like Kenya may be looking at getting some properties as Halal Friendly.
According to a Travel agent there, Mr Mohammed Jamaa of Sagal Travel, there is demand for this kind of travel and it is gaining popularity.
Somehowe most of these articles seems to focus on "seperate areas for men and women". In reality, in our rating this is only looked at when we look at granting a Crescentrating of 7 to a Hotel.
What's the appeal of a halal holiday? on myTelegraph By Annabel Kantaria September 15th, 2010.
Interesting article on "Halal Holidays". However, according to the author, there still seems to be some confusion among some people, that somehow providing these (mostly family friendly !) services and facilities is going to make the destinations "segregate Muslims from non-Muslims on holiday."
Similar article on BBC sometime ago prompted us to write a little bit more of what we believe "Halal Friendly Travel" is all about and how it helps bringing people.
by Joanne Bladd and Claire Ferris-Lay Thursday, 09 September 2010
"My generation, we were worried to show our religion openly. My son and my daughters, it doesn't even cross their minds. They want halal products and they are absolutely happy to ask for them. This generation is not afraid," says Fazal Bahardeen, CEO of Crescent Rating, which ranks hotels worldwide by their ‘halal-friendliness'.