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Japan Halal Expo 2014 - a major halal-themed international expo - will be held in Chiba Prefecture in November, in response to the recent increase in Muslim tourists to Japan.

The Halal food expo will be held on two days - on the 26th and 27th of November - at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba with the aim of promoting awareness on Halal food and the latest trends and patterns of the Muslim travel market. Japan-based Muslims at the expo will also be given the opportunity to provide feedback on whether Japan is a Muslim-friendly country.

Japan has seen an increased number of visits from Muslim travellers over the past year due to visa relaxations and further measures implemented by Japan to make the country more Muslim-friendly. The number of Muslim travellers to Japan is expected to reach one million by 2020.

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/09/25/national/major-halal-food-expo-planned-help-make-japan-friendly-muslim-tourists/#.VCjQxfmSxv5

Authentic Japanese cuisine - also known as Washoku - is becoming increasingly available for Muslim tourists in Japan. The Malaysia Halal Corporation has been actively involved in providing Halal certification for various restaurants and eateries.

Narita Airport in Tokyo already offers two Halal outlets - Kineyamugimaru Restaurant and Agetatenoaji, Tentei - which are popular Muslim-friendly restaurants located on 5th floor of the center of T1 and 4th floor of T2 respectively. The airport also houses the Narita Airport Rest House which is a Muslim-friendly hotel given a rating of 4 by CrescentRating. More hotels in Japan - such as Hotel Granvia Kyoto which has been given a rating of 3 by CrescentRating - are also providing Halal menus and Halal-certified kitchens amongst other facilities in a bid to attract more Muslim guests.

Muslims in Turkey are preparing for the annual Haji pilgrimage coming up in October this year. The first group of pilgrims are set to depart on the 1st of September and will see a dry run of hajj rites. A special ceremony will see off the pilgrims at the Esenboğa airport in Ankara.

For the full article and more information, please visit: 
http://www.dailysabah.com/nation/2014/08/29/turkeys-muslims-set-to-begin-hajj-journey

Halal tourism on the rise in Central England - 1.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Midlands businesses in the United Kingdom providing services and products to Muslims are being encouraged to adopt measures and strategies that are in line with specific Halal requirements. 

With the number of Muslim tourists visiting the United Kingdom on the rise, industry experts believe that tapping into the global Halal tourism boom could be worth millions for UK companies and also provide more opportunities for companies to conduct business on an international level

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://www.thebusinessdesk.com/westmidlands/news/661038-midlands-businesses-urged-to-tap-into-halal-tourism-boom.html?news_section=273986

Malaysia to Become the World's Halal Hub by 2020 - 1.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Malaysia - one of the best destinations for Muslim travellers - is expected to become the world's Halal hub by the year 2020.

As of March 2014, around 4,500 companies in Malaysia have obtained Halal certification - a 35.5% increase from last year. The country's strong involvement in the Halal industry is believed to have a big impact on the national economy.

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/money/article/malaysia-set-to-become-global-halal-hub-by-2020 

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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Turkey Info

ADMINISTRATIVE/COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Ankara

GEOGRAPHY

Shares boarders with, southeastern Europe and southwestern Asia countries, Turkey owns a coast line of 7,200 km's and a land area of 770,760 km².

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 73.7 Million. Muslims account for about 99.8% of the population.

CLIMATE

Turkey's a huge country its climate varies widely from region to region and the season. July and september tends to be the peak tourist season. Central Anatolia where the Capital city Ankara is located experiances a steppe climate with hot, dry summers and cold winters.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Turkish is the official language. English is considered the main foreign language.

LOCAL TIME

GMT+2 hrs

BUSINESS HOURS

Government: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
General: 9 AM to 5 PM

HOLIDAYS
New Year's Day: January 1st
National Sovereignty and Children's Day: April 23rd
Labour and solidarity Day: May 1st
Victory Day: August 30th
Republic Day: October 29th

Based on the lunar calandar:
Ramadhan

CURRENCY

Turkish Lira

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police: 155
Medical: 112
Fire: 110

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