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The Muslim population is the fastest growing population in the world and also rising is their education levels, purchasing power and standard of living. This is causing changes in their lifestyles and increasing demand for better quality products and services. The change in their economic power has significant impact on global tourism as this group of more educated and affluent segment of the Muslim population are not only spending  more on better quality products, they are also spending more on travel, in recent times.

This makes the Muslim travel market one of the fastest growing niche travel market in the world and it is therefore a significant part of the entire global travel market. This fast growing global Muslim travel market has captured the attention of most countries around the world. Famous tourist destinations can now be seen offering better facilities as well as launching campaigns to attract more and more Muslim travelers from around the world.

Front-line staff in any industry play an important role in the success of a business, including that of the travel, tourism and the hospitality trade. The interaction they have with the holiday maker can be crucial in making or breaking the holiday experience of the tourist. Although the product itself is very important, for most tourists the quality of the experience is of utmost importance.

With an increased number of international travelers of various ethnicity visiting countries for a number of reasons, the importance of awareness of different cultures and faiths and the ability and skill of the front-line staff in dealing with each and all of their unique needs are becoming increasingly important components of guest satisfaction and service. Front-line service staff need to be able to anticipate and read guests needs and they also need to be able to interact with guests from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds on a daily basis.

The construction of a new three-story Islamic Centre in north Dublin is set to commence later this year. Valued at $50 million, the centre was approved by the Dublin City Council and will feature a mosque, school as well as an event space. Upon completion, the mosque will be able to accommodate up to 3,000 people, making it the largest mosque in Ireland.

Islam is the fastest-growing religion in Ireland, with the Muslim population in Ireland is projected to increase to around 125,000 over the next few years. 

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://www.ozy.com/acumen/the-growth-of-islam-in-ireland/32914.article

In an effort to promote Halal tourism in the country, Japan is planning to increase its Halal food exports to Muslim countries in South East Asia as well as countries in the Middle East. Major food companies in Japan are taking steps to include Halal products in their product range.

Japanese firms in the fields of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and finance are also planning to expand their product range in order to cater to the Halal industry. By taking such steps, Japan hopes to see a growing demand from the Muslim world for Japanese products with Halal certification.

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://www.gulf-times.com/eco.-bus.%20news/256/details/404377/japan-enters-global-halal-market-with-food-exports,-muslim-tourism 

Malaysia – the top-ranked destination for Muslim travellers – has always been a prominent centre for Muslim Travelers. With the country's population comprising over 60% Muslims, Malaysia's tourism policy stands on ensuring a hassle-free travel experience for all Muslim travellers and to offer them an environment which is in line with their lifestyles.

Malaysia has been a frontrunner in the Halal industry for a very long time. It was one of the first countries to realize the potential of Muslim tourism and responded to it quickly by enhancing and upgrading the facilities and services offered by them to Muslim travellers so that they were in accordance with their religious beliefs.

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Japan Info

 

ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL: Tokyo

COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Osaka

GEOGRAPHY

Located in East Asia with a set of nearly 2,456 islands and many Historical monuments and culture, Japan owns a land area of 374,744 km² and a coast line of 34,751 km.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 127 Million. Muslims account for about 0.2% of the population.

CLIMATE

Spring will be a good season to visit japan,The conditions will be warm but not too hot and rain will be occasional, During summer the temperature can reach nearly 40°C (104°F). Japans yearly average temperature at the capital city is 16°C (60.8°F).

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Japanese is the nationall language.

LOCAL TIME

GMT+9 hrs throughout the year

BUSINESS HOURS

Government: 10 AM to 5 PM
General: 9 AM to 5 PM

HOLIDAYS
New years Day : January 1st
Coming of Age Day: 2nd Monday of January
Foundation Day : February 11th
Vernal Equinox Day : March 20th
Showa Day : April 29th
Constitution Memorial Day : May3rd
Greener Day : May 4th
Childrens Day: May 5th
Culture Day : November 23rd
Labour Thanksgiving Day : November 23rd
The Emperor's Birthday : December 23rd

CURRENCY

Japanese Yen

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police: 110
Medical/Fire: 119
Emergency at sea: 118

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