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'.
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Despite being a country with a strong Islamic heritage, the Maldives' growth as a destination of sun, sand and the occasional alcoholic beverage highlights the more internationally focused-nature of the nation's secluded luxury resorts.
However, in trying to cater for an increasingly diverse number of tourist needs and demands, one Islamic travel expert believes the Maldives can widen its niche market appeal by becoming a "halal friendly" destination, without losing out on its established core-markets.
Fazal from Crescentrating did a live interview on Halal Friendly Travel on Radio Australia's Connect Asia program on the 27th August 2010. The Connect Asia brings you an hour of news, business reports and analysis from commentators and correspondents. It is hosted by Mr Sen Lam.
You can listen to the Interview with Fazal at the link below. Choose the Program "Connect Asia" and then the "Connect Asia - Program Part 2, 27/08/2010".
The interview starts around 9 minutes in to the program and lasts for about five minutes.
You can also listen to the Interview here
Ketika masih menjabat eksekutif perusahaan telekomunikasi, Fazal Bahardeen harus sering keluar kota. Dalam perjalanan itu, ia tidak pernah lupa membawa makanan siap santap. Banyak hotel yang ditinggalinya tidak memiliki restoran bersertifikasi halal bagi wisatawan muslim, seperti dirinya.
A recent interview Agence France Presse (AFP) had with Crescentrating was released by AFP yesterday and has been widely covered in the media; both online as well as on print. The main title carried by most articles is "After Islamic food and banking: halal travel".
You can find some of the online media coverage below:
Khaleej Times HurriyetChannel News AsiaHindustan TimesDawn (Pakistan)Qatar TribuneZawyaToday, (Singapore)France24MySinChewOman ObserverIttefaq (Bangladesh)Emirates 24/7MSN NewsThe Jakarta GlobeYahoo NewsGoogle Hosted News