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With the growth of the Muslim travel market, tour operators and guides too need to have a thorough understanding of the special needs of Muslim guests in order to effectively attract and provide them with better services. Understanding the preferences and their nuances will help these tour guides provide a better service to this segment of travelers.

Starting any business can be a huge challenge and running a restaurant is one of the most challenging of all, yet it can also be one of the most rewarding and satisfying businesses in the world. Most restaurant owners are asking the question why they need to have halal food in their restaurant and the answer is that it helps them optimize the number of customers they serve and therefore it results in increased revenue.

The Muslim population is the fastest growing population in the world and since most countries have at least a small Muslim community it would definitely be smart to have halal options on the menu in order to draw this specific group of customers. Restaurateurs are starting to realize that catering to the demand of Halal food advantageous to all. 

The Muslim travel market is being treated as a growth market asset class by an increasing number of countries around the world. Several countries are implementing steps that enable them to better-accommodate Muslim travellers. Japan is one such country and has been setting up Halal restaurants, prayer facilities and other important preconditions required by Muslim travellers.

With the Muslim travel market being amongst the highest-spending travel markets in the world, countries are expected to see a rise in tourism revenue following the expansion of Halal tourism.

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://expo-halal-international.com/web/exploring-the-100-billion-plus-muslim-travel-market/

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.

The special needs of Muslim women that the travel industry needs to consider - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

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

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Nepal Info

ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL: Kathmandu

COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Birgunj

GEOGRAPHY

Nepal shares boarders with india and china having an area of 147,181 sq km's it is a landlocked country.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 30 Million. Muslims account for about 4.2% of the population.

CLIMATE

Nepal's climate varies with its altitude; it can range from the tropical to the arctic. At the capital Kathmandu average temperature during summer varies from 28°C (82.4°F) to 30°C (86°F) and during winter the average temperature will come closer to 10°C (50°F).

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Nepali is the official language.

LOCAL TIME

GMT+5 3/4 hrs throughout the year

BUSINESS HOURS

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

HOLIDAYS
National Unity Day : January 11th
Martyrs Day :January 29th
National Democracy Day: February 18th
Holi: March 8th
Nepalese Women's Day : March 8th
Constitution Day: November 9th

Based on the lunar calandar:
Buddha jayanthi

CURRENCY

Nepalese Rupee

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/ Emergencies: 100/103
Medical: 102
Fire: 101
From GSM: 112

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