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11 Nov

Lately, we have been following news about the Pakistani government`s bold initiatives to increase the number of foreign visitors by opening up the Kartarpur Corridor near the border between India and Pakistan. The country seems to attract mainly Sikhs to change the perception of the country and get a much-needed boost to its economy. Could religious tourism be a savior of the Pak economy? Well, it depends on many factors as Dr. Vaqar Ahmed, an economist from Pakistan, has aptly pointed out in the following article published on www.arabnews.pk.

According to…

Lately, we have been following news about the Pakistani government`s bold initiatives to increase the number of foreign visitors by opening up the Kartarpur Corridor near the border between India and Pakistan. The country seems to attract mainly Sikhs to change the perception of the country and get a much-needed boost to its economy. Could religious tourism be a savior of the Pak economy? Well, it depends on many factors as Dr. Vaqar Ahmed, an economist from Pakistan, has aptly pointed out in the following article published on www.arabnews.pk.

According to…

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11 Nov

Pakistan is fast becoming a heaven for tourists from all over the world. It has opened up its doors to the Sikhs from every corner of the world by inaugurating the Kartarpur Corridor in Central Punjab on November 9, 2019.  Now, thousands of Sikh visitors have been flocking to the country to visit their holy shrines spread all over the country. The tourism has flourished in Pakistan for the past few years due to the improved security situation for locals and foreigners alike. The most popular destinations include Lahore, Islamabad, Swat Valley, and quite recently, the Kartarpur Darbar Sahib…

Pakistan is fast becoming a heaven for tourists from all over the world. It has opened up its doors to the Sikhs from every corner of the world by inaugurating the Kartarpur Corridor in Central Punjab on November 9, 2019.  Now, thousands of Sikh visitors have been flocking to the country to visit their holy shrines spread all over the country. The tourism has flourished in Pakistan for the past few years due to the improved security situation for locals and foreigners alike. The most popular destinations include Lahore, Islamabad, Swat Valley, and quite recently, the Kartarpur Darbar Sahib…

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11 Nov

Malaysia Airlines partners with regional carriers to offer Hajj, Umrah flights to Chinese tourists. The company recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Tahira Air, 

Sdn Bhd and Kawan International Travel Sdn Bhd to build a connecting hub for Muslim and leisure travelers from China going to Saudi Arabia at Kuala Lumpur Int'l airport, parent Malaysia Aviation Group announced in a press release.

Amal, Tahira Air, and Kawan International will be…

Malaysia Airlines partners with regional carriers to offer Hajj, Umrah flights to Chinese tourists. The company recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Tahira Air, 

Sdn Bhd and Kawan International Travel Sdn Bhd to build a connecting hub for Muslim and leisure travelers from China going to Saudi Arabia at Kuala Lumpur Int'l airport, parent Malaysia Aviation Group announced in a press release.

Amal, Tahira Air, and Kawan International will be…

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10 Oct

Over the past year, Riyadh has increased its focus on its tourism industry to diversify the economy in line with the Saudi Vision 2030.

Encouragingly, these efforts have been met with success and the kingdom has made its debut as the latest travel and hospitality market for the Middle East and North Africa. Currently, the tourism sector has…

Over the past year, Riyadh has increased its focus on its tourism industry to diversify the economy in line with the Saudi Vision 2030.

Encouragingly, these efforts have been met with success and the kingdom has made its debut as the latest travel and hospitality market for the Middle East and North Africa. Currently, the tourism sector has…

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10 Oct

Arab ministers discuss ways to enhance cultural tourism in the region. The meeting by the tourism ministers from Arab countries was recently held in Tunis.  The meeting heralds a new awakening among the Arab nations on finding ways to enhance cultural tourism in these countries. That will also help countries such as Saudi Arabia, UAE, and others diversify their mainly oil-dependent economies.

The deputy chairman for antiquities and museums at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), Rustom Al-Kubaisi, and the adviser to the Saudi minister of culture…

Arab ministers discuss ways to enhance cultural tourism in the region. The meeting by the tourism ministers from Arab countries was recently held in Tunis.  The meeting heralds a new awakening among the Arab nations on finding ways to enhance cultural tourism in these countries. That will also help countries such as Saudi Arabia, UAE, and others diversify their mainly oil-dependent economies.

The deputy chairman for antiquities and museums at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), Rustom Al-Kubaisi, and the adviser to the Saudi minister of culture…

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10 Oct

The latest study concluded by www.cresecentrating.com suggests that now, more Muslim women become solo travelers. Please red on further detyails of the report.

SINGAPORE, 24 October 2019: More Muslim women are booking solo travels, indicative of a growing younger demographic willing to experience the world, according to the latest report released by Mastercard and CrescentRating.

An estimated 28% of all female Muslim journeys were solo travel out of a total of 63 million trips that generated over USD80 billion in trip revenue last year.

Two-thirds were 40 years of…

The latest study concluded by www.cresecentrating.com suggests that now, more Muslim women become solo travelers. Please red on further detyails of the report.

SINGAPORE, 24 October 2019: More Muslim women are booking solo travels, indicative of a growing younger demographic willing to experience the world, according to the latest report released by Mastercard and CrescentRating.

An estimated 28% of all female Muslim journeys were solo travel out of a total of 63 million trips that generated over USD80 billion in trip revenue last year.

Two-thirds were 40 years of…

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10 Oct

Halal tourism has struggled to thrive in parts of the country, with some concerned about the consequences “Islamization” might have on the local cultures that embrace the halal tourism industry.

Myths surrounding the concept, such as a prohibition on swimming at halal tourist destinations, have worsened the situation, making Islam looks like a foe instead of a friend of tourism.

At the same time, Indonesia’s Asian peers have capitalized on the halal market, promoting restaurants and prayer houses to attract Muslim travelers.

Indonesia Halal Lifestyle…

Halal tourism has struggled to thrive in parts of the country, with some concerned about the consequences “Islamization” might have on the local cultures that embrace the halal tourism industry.

Myths surrounding the concept, such as a prohibition on swimming at halal tourist destinations, have worsened the situation, making Islam looks like a foe instead of a friend of tourism.

At the same time, Indonesia’s Asian peers have capitalized on the halal market, promoting restaurants and prayer houses to attract Muslim travelers.

Indonesia Halal Lifestyle…

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10 Oct

JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian unit of management consultants McKinsey & Company has been appointed to conduct a feasibility study on moving the capital from the crowded, flood-prone city of Jakarta on Java island to the forested island of Borneo, an official said.

President Joko Widodo revealed the long-awaited site for new capital in August in East Kalimantan province, triggering numerous questions including how the plan would be financed and its environmental impact.

The government estimates it will cost $33 billion to move the capital and build government offices…

JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian unit of management consultants McKinsey & Company has been appointed to conduct a feasibility study on moving the capital from the crowded, flood-prone city of Jakarta on Java island to the forested island of Borneo, an official said.

President Joko Widodo revealed the long-awaited site for new capital in August in East Kalimantan province, triggering numerous questions including how the plan would be financed and its environmental impact.

The government estimates it will cost $33 billion to move the capital and build government offices…

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10 Oct

Pakistan. It’s not exactly on every solo female traveler’s bucket list. But that doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be. Especially if you ask vlogger and content creator Eva zu Beck, who thinks Pakistan could be the world’s #1 tourism destination.

And she doesn’t say this lightly. Having visited 60 countries and with more than 381,000 followers on Instagram, 421,000 followers on Facebook, and 

Pakistan. It’s not exactly on every solo female traveler’s bucket list. But that doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be. Especially if you ask vlogger and content creator Eva zu Beck, who thinks Pakistan could be the world’s #1 tourism destination.

And she doesn’t say this lightly. Having visited 60 countries and with more than 381,000 followers on Instagram, 421,000 followers on Facebook, and 

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10 Oct

IN Malaysia today, halal is an important part of life for the majority-Muslim population. Internationally, at a time when conventional markets are reaching a saturation point, Muslim consumers are becoming much more concerned about Islamic issues in the way they conduct their daily lives.

Halal-related markets are some of the fastest-growing consumer segments today. These include food and beverages, medicines, pharmaceuticals, health foods, cosmetics, fashion, tourism, recreation, finance, and even hardware. There are numerous estimates of the size of the global halal market,…

IN Malaysia today, halal is an important part of life for the majority-Muslim population. Internationally, at a time when conventional markets are reaching a saturation point, Muslim consumers are becoming much more concerned about Islamic issues in the way they conduct their daily lives.

Halal-related markets are some of the fastest-growing consumer segments today. These include food and beverages, medicines, pharmaceuticals, health foods, cosmetics, fashion, tourism, recreation, finance, and even hardware. There are numerous estimates of the size of the global halal market,…

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10 Oct

Jannah Hotels and Resorts is esteemed to be nominated as 2019 World's Leading Luxury Halal Hotel & Resort Brand in the highly acclaimed 26th annual World Travel Awards.

Richard Haddad, CEO of Jannah Hotels and Resort stated, “I would like to commend every member of the team for their unceasing dedication and valuable contribution as it is the foundation to our success as a growing, exemplary and luxurious hospitality group.”

“We are extremely gratified that our consistent development and commitment to excellence are continuously being acknowledged by such a renowned and…

Jannah Hotels and Resorts is esteemed to be nominated as 2019 World's Leading Luxury Halal Hotel & Resort Brand in the highly acclaimed 26th annual World Travel Awards.

Richard Haddad, CEO of Jannah Hotels and Resort stated, “I would like to commend every member of the team for their unceasing dedication and valuable contribution as it is the foundation to our success as a growing, exemplary and luxurious hospitality group.”

“We are extremely gratified that our consistent development and commitment to excellence are continuously being acknowledged by such a renowned and…

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10 Oct

SINGAPORE, 10 October 2019:  Mastercard and CrescentRating will release a new report Mastercard-CrescentRating Muslim Women in Travel Report during the  Halal in Travel-Asia Summit on the 17 October.

The report takes an in-depth look into the behaviours of Muslim women travellers and discusses how businesses can successfully cater to this burgeoning travel segment.

The summit will be held on the sidelines of ITB Asia that opens in Singapore 16 September.

Jointly created by Mastercard and CrescentRating, the new study examines the rise of Muslim female travellers as…

SINGAPORE, 10 October 2019:  Mastercard and CrescentRating will release a new report Mastercard-CrescentRating Muslim Women in Travel Report during the  Halal in Travel-Asia Summit on the 17 October.

The report takes an in-depth look into the behaviours of Muslim women travellers and discusses how businesses can successfully cater to this burgeoning travel segment.

The summit will be held on the sidelines of ITB Asia that opens in Singapore 16 September.

Jointly created by Mastercard and CrescentRating, the new study examines the rise of Muslim female travellers as…

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10 Oct

Wego, the largest online travel marketplace in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), has collaborated with Azerbaijan Tourism Board (ATB) to invite travellers from the GCC to take another look at Azerbaijan and experience its wide array of sights and activities.

Azerbaijan is one of the top 3 destinations in Europe for MENA-based travellers. A safe and family-friendly place that has attracted as many as 1.4 million tourists in the first half of 2019, Azerbaijan is the perfect scenic getaway for enjoying a plush European experience at a very affordable price.…

Wego, the largest online travel marketplace in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), has collaborated with Azerbaijan Tourism Board (ATB) to invite travellers from the GCC to take another look at Azerbaijan and experience its wide array of sights and activities.

Azerbaijan is one of the top 3 destinations in Europe for MENA-based travellers. A safe and family-friendly place that has attracted as many as 1.4 million tourists in the first half of 2019, Azerbaijan is the perfect scenic getaway for enjoying a plush European experience at a very affordable price.…

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10 Oct

Effective October 1, UAE travellers onboard Cebu Pacific flights will be able to try a new Halal-certified menu that evokes flavours close to home.

The new Cebu Pacific food menu, which includes rice and noodle dishes, savoury sandwiches, as well as options for vegetarian passengers, adheres to the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) system for international food safety.

“As every Cebu Pacific flight is a journey to or from home, we have designed this refreshing inflight menu to bring a feeling of comfort in the form of simple meals and familiar tastes,”…

Effective October 1, UAE travellers onboard Cebu Pacific flights will be able to try a new Halal-certified menu that evokes flavours close to home.

The new Cebu Pacific food menu, which includes rice and noodle dishes, savoury sandwiches, as well as options for vegetarian passengers, adheres to the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) system for international food safety.

“As every Cebu Pacific flight is a journey to or from home, we have designed this refreshing inflight menu to bring a feeling of comfort in the form of simple meals and familiar tastes,”…

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09 Sep

HalalBooking announced a pre-series A round, with a valuation of $50 million USD$2 million was raised from a group of individual investors, led by Azar Gurbanov, a co-founder of New York-based FSAstore.com, the USA’s leading wellness e-commerce website, which recently achieved a successful exit.

Elnur Seyidli, CEO of HalalBooking said: “Following a series of meetings with potential investors, I am delighted to announce our pre-series A round. The lead investor has already committed to $1 million and we are finalizing the list of other participants. The final round total is likely…

HalalBooking announced a pre-series A round, with a valuation of $50 million USD$2 million was raised from a group of individual investors, led by Azar Gurbanov, a co-founder of New York-based FSAstore.com, the USA’s leading wellness e-commerce website, which recently achieved a successful exit.

Elnur Seyidli, CEO of HalalBooking said: “Following a series of meetings with potential investors, I am delighted to announce our pre-series A round. The lead investor has already committed to $1 million and we are finalizing the list of other participants. The final round total is likely…

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09 Sep

(MENAFN - Bangladesh Monitor) Dhaka: Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019, the largest travel industry exhibition in the Middle East, will begin tomorrow, Sunday, April 28 at Dubai World Trade Centre.
Identifying the top tourism trends showing the greatest growth potential is one of the most valuable insights Arabian Travel Market has to offer. This year's event will be no different as it launches Arabian Travel Week – an umbrella brand comprising four co-located shows.
The 26th edition of ATM will form part of the inaugural Arabian Travel Week as well as ILTM Arabia, CONNECT…

(MENAFN - Bangladesh Monitor) Dhaka: Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019, the largest travel industry exhibition in the Middle East, will begin tomorrow, Sunday, April 28 at Dubai World Trade Centre.
Identifying the top tourism trends showing the greatest growth potential is one of the most valuable insights Arabian Travel Market has to offer. This year's event will be no different as it launches Arabian Travel Week – an umbrella brand comprising four co-located shows.
The 26th edition of ATM will form part of the inaugural Arabian Travel Week as well as ILTM Arabia, CONNECT…

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09 Sep

With the expanding market for Halal food and cosmetic products that caters to neighboring Muslim and Arabic nations including the country’s 10.7 Muslim Filipinos, the Department of Trade and Industry’s CAR Regional Office and the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) and the DTI Export Management Bureau (EMB) conducted a two-day Halal Training of Trainers on September 11-12, 2019 in Baguio City.

DTI-CAR Regional Director Myrna Pablo spearheaded the training and attended by the senior officials of key agencies from the tourism, agriculture, health, trade and industry, science and…

With the expanding market for Halal food and cosmetic products that caters to neighboring Muslim and Arabic nations including the country’s 10.7 Muslim Filipinos, the Department of Trade and Industry’s CAR Regional Office and the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) and the DTI Export Management Bureau (EMB) conducted a two-day Halal Training of Trainers on September 11-12, 2019 in Baguio City.

DTI-CAR Regional Director Myrna Pablo spearheaded the training and attended by the senior officials of key agencies from the tourism, agriculture, health, trade and industry, science and…

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09 Sep

In this Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 photo, a Saudi woman poses for a picture as she wears a colorful flower crown native to the region during the al-Soudah festival in Abha, southwest Saudi Arabia. The al-Soudah festival, which ran throughout the month of August, gave visitors a chance to experience a unique region in Saudi Arabia and take part in outdoor sports like hiking, mountain cycling, paragliding, horseback riding, zip lining and bungee jumping. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

JOHANNESBURG  - National travel agency South African Tourism says it is making efforts to promote Halal tourism,…

In this Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 photo, a Saudi woman poses for a picture as she wears a colorful flower crown native to the region during the al-Soudah festival in Abha, southwest Saudi Arabia. The al-Soudah festival, which ran throughout the month of August, gave visitors a chance to experience a unique region in Saudi Arabia and take part in outdoor sports like hiking, mountain cycling, paragliding, horseback riding, zip lining and bungee jumping. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

JOHANNESBURG  - National travel agency South African Tourism says it is making efforts to promote Halal tourism,…

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09 Sep

There are fears halal tourism could lead to a push back of local culture and in some parts, people are saying it is a form of 'Arabization'

The Indonesian government has been pushing to develop new tourist zones with the ‘halal tourism’ concept to attract foreign visitors to islands besides Bali.

The idea to push for “halal tourism” is to attract Muslim tourists from abroad, but, in some areas of the country, those plans have led to clashes and demonstrations.

There are fears halal tourism could lead to a push back of local culture and in some parts, people are…

There are fears halal tourism could lead to a push back of local culture and in some parts, people are saying it is a form of 'Arabization'

The Indonesian government has been pushing to develop new tourist zones with the ‘halal tourism’ concept to attract foreign visitors to islands besides Bali.

The idea to push for “halal tourism” is to attract Muslim tourists from abroad, but, in some areas of the country, those plans have led to clashes and demonstrations.

There are fears halal tourism could lead to a push back of local culture and in some parts, people are…

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08 Aug

Since its first run in 2016 until its fourth event this year, this annual event is to promote Korean tourism for Muslim tourists whose importance keeps increasing in the global tourism market.

Halal Restaurant Week Korea promotion was initiated as part of the effort to mitigate the difficulties, that Muslim tourists often face with food because of the lack of Halal food restaurants in South Korea, and improve the tourist infrastructure of South Korea to better serve the needs of Muslim tourists.

Through the survey on Muslim tourists' travel patterns during their stay in…

Since its first run in 2016 until its fourth event this year, this annual event is to promote Korean tourism for Muslim tourists whose importance keeps increasing in the global tourism market.

Halal Restaurant Week Korea promotion was initiated as part of the effort to mitigate the difficulties, that Muslim tourists often face with food because of the lack of Halal food restaurants in South Korea, and improve the tourist infrastructure of South Korea to better serve the needs of Muslim tourists.

Through the survey on Muslim tourists' travel patterns during their stay in…

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08 Aug

Top 10 Halal businesses you can start right now. This statement looks pretty bold especially considering the seemingly insurmountable challenges all kinds of businesses face these days even after spending millions of dollars on marketing etc.  The present article assumes that you have little to no money to start any of the below-mentioned business. However, please remember you need to have plenty of energy and insatiable desire to succeed in your halal business.   The path to success is not going to be an easy one.

Let us start exploring various business ideas related to the halal…

Top 10 Halal businesses you can start right now. This statement looks pretty bold especially considering the seemingly insurmountable challenges all kinds of businesses face these days even after spending millions of dollars on marketing etc.  The present article assumes that you have little to no money to start any of the below-mentioned business. However, please remember you need to have plenty of energy and insatiable desire to succeed in your halal business.   The path to success is not going to be an easy one.

Let us start exploring various business ideas related to the halal…

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08 Aug

Turkey has emerged as a leading destination within the halal tourism market with a growing number of halal hotels and resorts that have seemingly found a market not catered to as widely elsewhere. How, outside of Turkey where the idea of a ‘halal hotel’ is becoming more common, will the same need be met in a way that is financially viable and gets the involvement of the Islamic finance sector which is a key need for the halal tourism sector.
Financing is such a key in the tourism market because much of the main assets that support travel and tourism are hotels and hotels are…

Turkey has emerged as a leading destination within the halal tourism market with a growing number of halal hotels and resorts that have seemingly found a market not catered to as widely elsewhere. How, outside of Turkey where the idea of a ‘halal hotel’ is becoming more common, will the same need be met in a way that is financially viable and gets the involvement of the Islamic finance sector which is a key need for the halal tourism sector.
Financing is such a key in the tourism market because much of the main assets that support travel and tourism are hotels and hotels are…

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06 Jun

n the effort to attract high-spending tourists states often look overseas. That’s a good idea — international visitors typically spend more than domestic travelers. But certain international markets present a more complicated consumer landscape than others. That’s what Visit California has discovered as it starts wooing more travelers from the Middle East.

While international tensions simmer, Visit California is extending an olive branch to the Middle East. The action is part of Visit California’s initiative to drive…

n the effort to attract high-spending tourists states often look overseas. That’s a good idea — international visitors typically spend more than domestic travelers. But certain international markets present a more complicated consumer landscape than others. That’s what Visit California has discovered as it starts wooing more travelers from the Middle East.

While international tensions simmer, Visit California is extending an olive branch to the Middle East. The action is part of Visit California’s initiative to drive…

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05 May

Winter in the Southern Hemisphere has always been a lean time for the hospitality business in South Africa’s Western Cape region, but tourism bosses are hoping that growth in the Muslim travel market can help to plug the gap.

“At the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai this year, we saw that South Africa is ideally placed to take advantage of the shift to Halaal tourism,” said Khalid Vawda of Cape Town-based Islamic Travels and Tours. “June to August is a popular time for people from the Gulf traveling to the United States and Europe. But Trump’s ban on some Muslim travelers, and rising…

Winter in the Southern Hemisphere has always been a lean time for the hospitality business in South Africa’s Western Cape region, but tourism bosses are hoping that growth in the Muslim travel market can help to plug the gap.

“At the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai this year, we saw that South Africa is ideally placed to take advantage of the shift to Halaal tourism,” said Khalid Vawda of Cape Town-based Islamic Travels and Tours. “June to August is a popular time for people from the Gulf traveling to the United States and Europe. But Trump’s ban on some Muslim travelers, and rising…

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05 May

Cambodia is trying to attract Muslim tourists from the Middle East, a region believed to have great potential for the country's tourism market.

The Cambodian Ministry of Tourism of Cambodia says it is promoting Cambodia in the Middle East to increase the number of tourists and investors from the region, the Khmer Times reported on Friday.

Ministry representatives in April participated in the Arabian Travel Market 2019 in Dubai, where interest in Cambodia ran high,…

Cambodia is trying to attract Muslim tourists from the Middle East, a region believed to have great potential for the country's tourism market.

The Cambodian Ministry of Tourism of Cambodia says it is promoting Cambodia in the Middle East to increase the number of tourists and investors from the region, the Khmer Times reported on Friday.

Ministry representatives in April participated in the Arabian Travel Market 2019 in Dubai, where interest in Cambodia ran high,…

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05 May

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Halal tourism has evolved to become one of the fastest growing travel segments worldwide, with young Muslim millennials driving the growth in the segment, experts at the Arabian Travel Market 2019 said.

Shailesh Grover, general manager of The S Hotel Al Barsha, said that the fast-growing halal tourism segment is boosting the global travel industry.

Muslim travelers from different countries are looking for travel experiences that cater to their specific needs and wants, and this is driving the sectors phenomenal growth. Muslim travelers spending on…

(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Halal tourism has evolved to become one of the fastest growing travel segments worldwide, with young Muslim millennials driving the growth in the segment, experts at the Arabian Travel Market 2019 said.

Shailesh Grover, general manager of The S Hotel Al Barsha, said that the fast-growing halal tourism segment is boosting the global travel industry.

Muslim travelers from different countries are looking for travel experiences that cater to their specific needs and wants, and this is driving the sectors phenomenal growth. Muslim travelers spending on…

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05 May

Malaysia and Azerbaijan have launched several initiatives and campaigns, at the 26th edition of the Arabian Travel Market (ATM 2019), that will serve to educate and attract a greater number of tourists from the GCC region.

Tourism Malaysia, an organization under the Malaysian Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, announced a joint promotional campaign with Air Arabia that will highlight the introduction of direct daily flights from Sharjah to Kuala Lumpur. The campaign aims to promote the enhanced connectivity between Malaysia and the Middle East in line with the goals of the…

Malaysia and Azerbaijan have launched several initiatives and campaigns, at the 26th edition of the Arabian Travel Market (ATM 2019), that will serve to educate and attract a greater number of tourists from the GCC region.

Tourism Malaysia, an organization under the Malaysian Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, announced a joint promotional campaign with Air Arabia that will highlight the introduction of direct daily flights from Sharjah to Kuala Lumpur. The campaign aims to promote the enhanced connectivity between Malaysia and the Middle East in line with the goals of the…

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04 Apr

KUALA LUMPUR: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is set to welcome 4.4 million Malaysian tourists this year, aiming to generate 127 billion baht in income by promoting second-tier provinces and gastronomy. Malaysia...

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is set to welcome 4.4 million Malaysian tourists this year, aiming to generate 127 billion baht in income by promoting second-tier provinces and gastronomy. Malaysia...

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04 Apr

World-renowned property management company Trafalgar has partnered with local business, Tayyib Travel, to launch its first guided travel itinerary specially tailored to the needs and interests of South African Muslim travelers.

The first trip will depart after Ramadan on June 19, 2019, for a two-week tour of Turkey. The package includes 13 nights hotel accommodation, breakfasts daily, 11 dinners, 2 lunches (including a signature Trafalgar Be My Guest experience at the Taurus Mountain Muslim Village), travel by luxury air-conditioned coach, an expert Travel Director, all hotel…

World-renowned property management company Trafalgar has partnered with local business, Tayyib Travel, to launch its first guided travel itinerary specially tailored to the needs and interests of South African Muslim travelers.

The first trip will depart after Ramadan on June 19, 2019, for a two-week tour of Turkey. The package includes 13 nights hotel accommodation, breakfasts daily, 11 dinners, 2 lunches (including a signature Trafalgar Be My Guest experience at the Taurus Mountain Muslim Village), travel by luxury air-conditioned coach, an expert Travel Director, all hotel…

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04 Apr

Indonesia and Malaysia shared the top position in the 2019 Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI), which was released by Mastercard-CrescentRating recently.

Last year, Indonesia was placed second behind Malaysia. This year, they both scored 78 in the index.

There is no second position this year. Trailing behind is Turkey in third position, Saudi Arabia in fourth position and the United Arab Emirates in the fifth position.

CrescentRating CEO Fazal Bahardeen said in a press statement issued on Tuesday that Indonesia had invested a lot in infrastructure over the last few…

Indonesia and Malaysia shared the top position in the 2019 Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI), which was released by Mastercard-CrescentRating recently.

Last year, Indonesia was placed second behind Malaysia. This year, they both scored 78 in the index.

There is no second position this year. Trailing behind is Turkey in third position, Saudi Arabia in fourth position and the United Arab Emirates in the fifth position.

CrescentRating CEO Fazal Bahardeen said in a press statement issued on Tuesday that Indonesia had invested a lot in infrastructure over the last few…

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04 Apr

After diplomatic spats with China, Japan, and South Korea turned towards courting Muslim travelers

Hong Kong’s array of halal food allows some of its most famous dishes to be enjoyed while sticking to Islamic principles

Along with an influx of travelers from Southeast Asia, more Muslims are visiting Hong Kong, Japan, andSouth Korea than ever before. The latter two have seen efforts to attract the Muslim travel market pay off, while Hong Kong has seen its halal food scene booming as

After diplomatic spats with China, Japan, and South Korea turned towards courting Muslim travelers

Hong Kong’s array of halal food allows some of its most famous dishes to be enjoyed while sticking to Islamic principles

Along with an influx of travelers from Southeast Asia, more Muslims are visiting Hong Kong, Japan, andSouth Korea than ever before. The latter two have seen efforts to attract the Muslim travel market pay off, while Hong Kong has seen its halal food scene booming as

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04 Apr

ABU DHABI/DUBAI — The online travel market in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries is expected to reach $15 billion by 2023, according to MENA Research Partners, a leading research company in the Middle East. The growth marks an increase of 140% from its current levels.

Annually, the GCC e-travel market is projected to grow by 20% during the period 2019-23. The online travel market growth rate is well above the conventional travel market which is progressing at 4% per year.

Compared to global figures, the online travel market in the region…

ABU DHABI/DUBAI — The online travel market in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries is expected to reach $15 billion by 2023, according to MENA Research Partners, a leading research company in the Middle East. The growth marks an increase of 140% from its current levels.

Annually, the GCC e-travel market is projected to grow by 20% during the period 2019-23. The online travel market growth rate is well above the conventional travel market which is progressing at 4% per year.

Compared to global figures, the online travel market in the region…

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03 Mar

Since 2016, the ongoing political and economic crisis in Turkey has caused tourist numbers to plummet, especially those driven by western travelers. According to a new market report from Horwath HTL, the decline was largely reflected in a decrease in guestroom prices.

After a disappointing two years, however, Turkey has started to recover, with 2017 seeing the first sign of positive indicators. Occupancy has increased by 2.5 percent to 60.9 percent, ADR has increased from $71.75 to $…

Since 2016, the ongoing political and economic crisis in Turkey has caused tourist numbers to plummet, especially those driven by western travelers. According to a new market report from Horwath HTL, the decline was largely reflected in a decrease in guestroom prices.

After a disappointing two years, however, Turkey has started to recover, with 2017 seeing the first sign of positive indicators. Occupancy has increased by 2.5 percent to 60.9 percent, ADR has increased from $71.75 to $…

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03 Mar

The impact of disruptive technologies on the tourism industry is set to create multi-billion dollar savings through the use of IoT, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR) and wearable technology, according to data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 28 – May 1.

The latest research from Colliers International, in partnership with ATM 2019, reveals that in addition to vast cost savings, the customer experience is set to be more streamlined with travel set to become better, smoother and…

The impact of disruptive technologies on the tourism industry is set to create multi-billion dollar savings through the use of IoT, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR) and wearable technology, according to data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 28 – May 1.

The latest research from Colliers International, in partnership with ATM 2019, reveals that in addition to vast cost savings, the customer experience is set to be more streamlined with travel set to become better, smoother and…

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03 Mar

PARIS: Malaysia is prepared to assist the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) in several matters for the benefit of Muslims in France, including the imams and other Muslim elders, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

She gave the commitment in response to her meeting with CFCM vice-president Anouar Kbibech on Wednesday, who had also requested Malaysia’s assistance to boost France’s halal-tourism industry, which is handled by the French Muslim community.

“Various matters were discussed (at the meeting with Anouar Kbibech) for our mutual…

PARIS: Malaysia is prepared to assist the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) in several matters for the benefit of Muslims in France, including the imams and other Muslim elders, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

She gave the commitment in response to her meeting with CFCM vice-president Anouar Kbibech on Wednesday, who had also requested Malaysia’s assistance to boost France’s halal-tourism industry, which is handled by the French Muslim community.

“Various matters were discussed (at the meeting with Anouar Kbibech) for our mutual…

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03 Mar

Saudi Arabia has approved new electronic visas for foreign visitors attending sporting events, concerts, and business attractions.

The decision will enable visitors to obtain a visa within 24 hours, Arab News reported.

Saudi’s governing bodies for sports, cultural and business events - General Investment Authority, General Sports Authority and General Entertainment Authority – will provide the government with details of upcoming events two months ahead of time, which will then be included in the new visa system.

Under its Vision 2030 plan, Saudi Arabia has made…

Saudi Arabia has approved new electronic visas for foreign visitors attending sporting events, concerts, and business attractions.

The decision will enable visitors to obtain a visa within 24 hours, Arab News reported.

Saudi’s governing bodies for sports, cultural and business events - General Investment Authority, General Sports Authority and General Entertainment Authority – will provide the government with details of upcoming events two months ahead of time, which will then be included in the new visa system.

Under its Vision 2030 plan, Saudi Arabia has made…

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03 Mar

Aceh has its eyes set on attracting at least 150,000 foreign and 3 million domestic tourists this year.

As reported by disbudpar.acehprov.go.id, Aceh Tourism and Culture Agency head Jamaluddin said the province also had increased its target of attracting Muslim tourists to Aceh from 35,000 in 2018 to 40,000 in 2019, "which is a reasonable move as Aceh was named World's Best Halal Cultural Destination in 2016 by the International Travel Week [ITW]," he…

Aceh has its eyes set on attracting at least 150,000 foreign and 3 million domestic tourists this year.

As reported by disbudpar.acehprov.go.id, Aceh Tourism and Culture Agency head Jamaluddin said the province also had increased its target of attracting Muslim tourists to Aceh from 35,000 in 2018 to 40,000 in 2019, "which is a reasonable move as Aceh was named World's Best Halal Cultural Destination in 2016 by the International Travel Week [ITW]," he…

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03 Mar

Halal, meaning ‘permissible’ in Islamic teachings, is an attribute which when applied to tourism indicates that provision has been made for practising Muslims to carry out their religious duties while on holiday. Given the increasing numbers of Muslim holiday makers, halal tourism is becoming a lucrative industry.

The value of halal tourism

Based on the Mastercard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index 2017 (GMTI), an estimated 120 million Muslim…

Halal, meaning ‘permissible’ in Islamic teachings, is an attribute which when applied to tourism indicates that provision has been made for practising Muslims to carry out their religious duties while on holiday. Given the increasing numbers of Muslim holiday makers, halal tourism is becoming a lucrative industry.

The value of halal tourism

Based on the Mastercard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index 2017 (GMTI), an estimated 120 million Muslim…

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02 Feb

For one of the fastest-growing sectors of the global travel industry, there is no pork on the hotel dinner menus. There are flights with no alcohol on the drink carts, resorts with separate swimming pools for men and women, and daily itineraries with built-in break times for the five daily calls to prayer.

Since 2016, the number of Muslim travelers has grown nearly 30 percent, and a recent joint study by Mastercard and Crescent Rating, a research group that tracks halal-friendly travel, projects that over the next decade that sector's contribution to the global economy will jump to…

For one of the fastest-growing sectors of the global travel industry, there is no pork on the hotel dinner menus. There are flights with no alcohol on the drink carts, resorts with separate swimming pools for men and women, and daily itineraries with built-in break times for the five daily calls to prayer.

Since 2016, the number of Muslim travelers has grown nearly 30 percent, and a recent joint study by Mastercard and Crescent Rating, a research group that tracks halal-friendly travel, projects that over the next decade that sector's contribution to the global economy will jump to…

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02 Feb

Turkey’s remarkable tourism turnaround continued into 2018 as it once again came out on top in Europe for international arrivals growth.

Preliminary results for last year show Turkey up 22.3 percent on the prior year, according to the European Travel Commission, which collated the data.

“Assuming year-to-date growth holds true for 2018 as a whole, arrivals to Turkey in 2018 will exceed 47 million – this would mark a new record for the destination in tourist arrivals terms,…

Turkey’s remarkable tourism turnaround continued into 2018 as it once again came out on top in Europe for international arrivals growth.

Preliminary results for last year show Turkey up 22.3 percent on the prior year, according to the European Travel Commission, which collated the data.

“Assuming year-to-date growth holds true for 2018 as a whole, arrivals to Turkey in 2018 will exceed 47 million – this would mark a new record for the destination in tourist arrivals terms,…

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01 Jan

TURKEY has once again increased in popularity with British holidaymakers thanks to the crash the Turkish lira in 2018. Tourism was blighted by a series of terrorist attacks in 2016 but the country is now once again finding favor with Britons as a cheap holiday destination, a new report shows.

Turkey holidays are rocketing in popularity thanks to the low prices available in the Middle Eastern country. The annual Post Office Holiday Money Report revealed the renewed popularity of Turkey is the most striking travel trend of the…

TURKEY has once again increased in popularity with British holidaymakers thanks to the crash the Turkish lira in 2018. Tourism was blighted by a series of terrorist attacks in 2016 but the country is now once again finding favor with Britons as a cheap holiday destination, a new report shows.

Turkey holidays are rocketing in popularity thanks to the low prices available in the Middle Eastern country. The annual Post Office Holiday Money Report revealed the renewed popularity of Turkey is the most striking travel trend of the…

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01 Jan

Amid growing demand, more and more travel companies launching trips geared towards women in countries such as Iran, Egypt, Jordan and Oman

To explore the world independently, meet locals in new and unfamiliar places, or simply to stretch the limits of one’s comfort zone—there are myriad reasons for a growing trend in tourism: namely, all-women expeditions. For a woman, hitting the road alone often seems daunting enough and perhaps more so when considering a trip to conservative countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

Women are therefore…

Amid growing demand, more and more travel companies launching trips geared towards women in countries such as Iran, Egypt, Jordan and Oman

To explore the world independently, meet locals in new and unfamiliar places, or simply to stretch the limits of one’s comfort zone—there are myriad reasons for a growing trend in tourism: namely, all-women expeditions. For a woman, hitting the road alone often seems daunting enough and perhaps more so when considering a trip to conservative countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

Women are therefore…

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01 Jan

In recent years halal tourism has grown substantially and occupies an important segment of international tourism. Statistical data shows that the value of the Muslim market worldwide stood at $2.3 trillion. With an estimated growth of up to 20% annually, the global halal industry has become the fastest growing consumer segment in the world.

There are two fundamental reasons for this. First, the halal industry has now expanded beyond the traditionally-known scope of the food sector. Halal products today include cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, toiletries, and penetrate into the service…

In recent years halal tourism has grown substantially and occupies an important segment of international tourism. Statistical data shows that the value of the Muslim market worldwide stood at $2.3 trillion. With an estimated growth of up to 20% annually, the global halal industry has become the fastest growing consumer segment in the world.

There are two fundamental reasons for this. First, the halal industry has now expanded beyond the traditionally-known scope of the food sector. Halal products today include cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, toiletries, and penetrate into the service…

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01 Jan

TOKYO: A Strong influx of Muslim travelers is fuelling a boom in halal restaurants and Syariah-compliant hotels in Japan, potentially a big market for Malaysian halal products.

To cater to Muslim needs, some Japanese companies have set up Shariah-friendly hotels, including one at the foot of Mount Fuji.

International airports in Japan have also opened prayer rooms as well, offering halal food for Muslims, amid a wider plan to make Japanese airports more Muslim friendly.

And last month, Japan held its first-ever fashion show for Muslim women. The show was held in…

TOKYO: A Strong influx of Muslim travelers is fuelling a boom in halal restaurants and Syariah-compliant hotels in Japan, potentially a big market for Malaysian halal products.

To cater to Muslim needs, some Japanese companies have set up Shariah-friendly hotels, including one at the foot of Mount Fuji.

International airports in Japan have also opened prayer rooms as well, offering halal food for Muslims, amid a wider plan to make Japanese airports more Muslim friendly.

And last month, Japan held its first-ever fashion show for Muslim women. The show was held in…

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12 Dec

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Directorate General of Small and Medium Industries at the Ministry of Industry is focusing on transforming Indonesia into a center of the world`s Muslim fashion in 2020 by conducting various strategic programs in 2019.

"We will establish the Muslim fashion business ecosystem and incubate several businesses. We will create a platform based on augmented reality and artificial intelligence," Director General of Small and Medium Industries Gati Wibawaningsih stated at the Post Event Press Conference of La Mode Sur La Seine A Paris here, Friday.

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Directorate General of Small and Medium Industries at the Ministry of Industry is focusing on transforming Indonesia into a center of the world`s Muslim fashion in 2020 by conducting various strategic programs in 2019.

"We will establish the Muslim fashion business ecosystem and incubate several businesses. We will create a platform based on augmented reality and artificial intelligence," Director General of Small and Medium Industries Gati Wibawaningsih stated at the Post Event Press Conference of La Mode Sur La Seine A Paris here, Friday.

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12 Dec

Jannah Group has been merited with the World’s Leading Luxury Halal Hotel & Resort Brand at the World Travel Awards 2018. Dubbed as the ‘Oscars of the Travel Industry’, the star-studded World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2018 brought the finest travel and tourism industry from around the world together in Portugal’s historic Pátio da Galé to distinguish the finest brands in the world.

With properties across Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah, Jannah Group is one of the pioneers of halal-friendly destinations in the region. Its Arabian-inspired approach to its guest…

Jannah Group has been merited with the World’s Leading Luxury Halal Hotel & Resort Brand at the World Travel Awards 2018. Dubbed as the ‘Oscars of the Travel Industry’, the star-studded World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2018 brought the finest travel and tourism industry from around the world together in Portugal’s historic Pátio da Galé to distinguish the finest brands in the world.

With properties across Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah, Jannah Group is one of the pioneers of halal-friendly destinations in the region. Its Arabian-inspired approach to its guest…

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12 Dec

The Board of Directors of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved a USD248.4-million loan to the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation, with a guarantee of the Republic of Indonesia (Indonesia), in support of the Mandalika Urban and Tourism Infrastructure Project. This will be AIIB’s first stand-alone operation in Indonesia and AIIB’s first tourism-related infrastructure investment.

The global tourism industry continues to grow and is a vital source of employment and income, contributing over 10 percent of the global gross domestic product and linked to…

The Board of Directors of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved a USD248.4-million loan to the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation, with a guarantee of the Republic of Indonesia (Indonesia), in support of the Mandalika Urban and Tourism Infrastructure Project. This will be AIIB’s first stand-alone operation in Indonesia and AIIB’s first tourism-related infrastructure investment.

The global tourism industry continues to grow and is a vital source of employment and income, contributing over 10 percent of the global gross domestic product and linked to…

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12 Dec

Agoda To Promote Tourism To Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia's ministry in charge of the Islamic events of Haj and Umrah signed a preliminary agreement with online travel agent Agoda to promote the kingdom to Hajj and Umrah pilgrims and other visitors, as part of national efforts to boost tourism.

Under the agreement with the Ministry of Haj and Umrah, Agoda will market Saudi Arabia to prospective visitors through a dedicated portal on Agoda’s website.

In addition, the two parties agreed to closely evaluate data on guest flows and booking accommodation to explore how they can…

Agoda To Promote Tourism To Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia's ministry in charge of the Islamic events of Haj and Umrah signed a preliminary agreement with online travel agent Agoda to promote the kingdom to Hajj and Umrah pilgrims and other visitors, as part of national efforts to boost tourism.

Under the agreement with the Ministry of Haj and Umrah, Agoda will market Saudi Arabia to prospective visitors through a dedicated portal on Agoda’s website.

In addition, the two parties agreed to closely evaluate data on guest flows and booking accommodation to explore how they can…

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05 May

Muscat: Being the first Islamic bank in Oman and a leading advocate of the benefits of Islamic finance, Bank Nizwa participated in the World Halal Food Assembly Oman Conference 2018. The bank’s delegation stressed the tremendous potential that exists in the area of halal food in the Sultanate. The two-day conference featured Omani and international experts and was held alongside the Agro-Food Oman Exhibition.

In addition to sponsoring the event, two experts from Bank Nizwa took part in the conference proceedings. Mohamad Noranuar Bin Sajari, Head of Sharia…

Muscat: Being the first Islamic bank in Oman and a leading advocate of the benefits of Islamic finance, Bank Nizwa participated in the World Halal Food Assembly Oman Conference 2018. The bank’s delegation stressed the tremendous potential that exists in the area of halal food in the Sultanate. The two-day conference featured Omani and international experts and was held alongside the Agro-Food Oman Exhibition.

In addition to sponsoring the event, two experts from Bank Nizwa took part in the conference proceedings. Mohamad Noranuar Bin Sajari, Head of Sharia…

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05 May

Muslim-Friendly

THAILAND is ranked second among Non-OIC markets as “the most Muslim-friendly travel destination”, the Mastercard-Crescent Rating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2018 reported yesterday.

Malaysia and Singapore have retained their positions as the top-ranked destinations in the US220 billion global Muslim travel market as rivals seek to close the gap, according to the annual research on the sector.

In this year's GMTI, Thailand improved its ranking by two spots to the 16th position among 130 destinations. The improvement can be attributed to the…

Muslim-Friendly

THAILAND is ranked second among Non-OIC markets as “the most Muslim-friendly travel destination”, the Mastercard-Crescent Rating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2018 reported yesterday.

Malaysia and Singapore have retained their positions as the top-ranked destinations in the US220 billion global Muslim travel market as rivals seek to close the gap, according to the annual research on the sector.

In this year's GMTI, Thailand improved its ranking by two spots to the 16th position among 130 destinations. The improvement can be attributed to the…

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05 May

JEDDAH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) has launched an initiative to make Saudi Arabia the preferred destination for Muslim tourists from all around the world.

According to SCTH spokesman Saudi Al-Mogbil, all the initiatives of the National Transformation Program 2020 demand a model of private/public sector partnership (PPP).

“SCTH is building a productive PPP initiative that will transform the national tourism sector and contribute significantly to Saudi Vision 2030,” he told Arab News.

He added that the SCTH is linking up with key…

JEDDAH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) has launched an initiative to make Saudi Arabia the preferred destination for Muslim tourists from all around the world.

According to SCTH spokesman Saudi Al-Mogbil, all the initiatives of the National Transformation Program 2020 demand a model of private/public sector partnership (PPP).

“SCTH is building a productive PPP initiative that will transform the national tourism sector and contribute significantly to Saudi Vision 2030,” he told Arab News.

He added that the SCTH is linking up with key…

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05 May

Saudi Tourism Commission

JEDDAH: The Saudi Tourism Commission and National Heritage approved the registration of 25 archaeological sites in various parts of the Kingdom during the first quarter of this year, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.

Efforts are underway to make Saudi Arabia one of the most attractive countries for tourism. The Saudi government has allocated SR5 billion to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ program, which takes care of the cultural heritage of the Kingdom.

The program includes the establishment of 18 museums in the Kingdom,…

Saudi Tourism Commission

JEDDAH: The Saudi Tourism Commission and National Heritage approved the registration of 25 archaeological sites in various parts of the Kingdom during the first quarter of this year, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.

Efforts are underway to make Saudi Arabia one of the most attractive countries for tourism. The Saudi government has allocated SR5 billion to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ program, which takes care of the cultural heritage of the Kingdom.

The program includes the establishment of 18 museums in the Kingdom,…

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05 May

Halal Trade

THE 3rd annual Philippine Halal Trade and Tourism Exposition opens Tuesday, May 1, and will run until May 6.

The expo is being held under the umbrella of the Universal Islamic Center (UIC), institutional partner of the Davao City Halal Industry Development Council (DCHIDC), and carries the theme “Focus Integration on Philippine Halal Trade and Tourism toward Global Market” this year.

UIC president and Halal spokesperson Marilou Ampuan said this year’s expo aims to incorporate the concepts and principles of Halal in relation to trade and tourism…

Halal Trade

THE 3rd annual Philippine Halal Trade and Tourism Exposition opens Tuesday, May 1, and will run until May 6.

The expo is being held under the umbrella of the Universal Islamic Center (UIC), institutional partner of the Davao City Halal Industry Development Council (DCHIDC), and carries the theme “Focus Integration on Philippine Halal Trade and Tourism toward Global Market” this year.

UIC president and Halal spokesperson Marilou Ampuan said this year’s expo aims to incorporate the concepts and principles of Halal in relation to trade and tourism…

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05 May

Little Korea

The Korea-Brunei Friendship Association (KBFA) has submitted a few development proposals to the Ministry of Home Affairs, eyeing collaborations in the fields of tourism, manufacturing and halal industry.

The association’s plans include a proposal to develop a “marina” at the Jerudong beach and the revitalisation of Jerudong fish market, its newly appointed permanent advisor Hjh Normah Suria Hayati PJDSMDSU (Dr) Haji Awang Jamil Al-Sufri disclosed.

Also in the pipeline is the establishment of “Little Korea” at Pavo Point — the new 10-storey shopping…

Little Korea

The Korea-Brunei Friendship Association (KBFA) has submitted a few development proposals to the Ministry of Home Affairs, eyeing collaborations in the fields of tourism, manufacturing and halal industry.

The association’s plans include a proposal to develop a “marina” at the Jerudong beach and the revitalisation of Jerudong fish market, its newly appointed permanent advisor Hjh Normah Suria Hayati PJDSMDSU (Dr) Haji Awang Jamil Al-Sufri disclosed.

Also in the pipeline is the establishment of “Little Korea” at Pavo Point — the new 10-storey shopping…

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04 Apr

Muslim Travellers

Muslim travellers will spend $157 billion by 2020, driven by millennial travellers and the top outbound market remains Saudi Arabian, which will grow 17% over the next three years alone, to reach $27.9 billion.

The figures were released during Saudi Arabian Travel Market’s Global Halal Tourism Summit 2018, which took place at the Dubai World Trade Centre yesterday (Tuesday 24th April).

During the first seminar, entitled ‘Halal Tourism – How far have we come?’ Faeez Fadhlillah, Founder & CEO of Salam Standard and Tripfez, highlighted the…

Muslim Travellers

Muslim travellers will spend $157 billion by 2020, driven by millennial travellers and the top outbound market remains Saudi Arabian, which will grow 17% over the next three years alone, to reach $27.9 billion.

The figures were released during Saudi Arabian Travel Market’s Global Halal Tourism Summit 2018, which took place at the Dubai World Trade Centre yesterday (Tuesday 24th April).

During the first seminar, entitled ‘Halal Tourism – How far have we come?’ Faeez Fadhlillah, Founder & CEO of Salam Standard and Tripfez, highlighted the…

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04 Apr

Islamic Tourism

Dhaka, Apr 24 (UNB) – Iranian city of Tabriz in East Azerbaijan Province will officially be regarded as the capital of Islamic tourism for a year for 2018 from Wednesday.

This had been announced at the three-day 10th Session of the Islamic Conference of Tourism Ministers (ICTM) of OIC held from February 5-7 at Sonargaon Hotel in the capital.

Dhaka was chosen as the "City of Tourism" for 2019 by the tourism ministers of the OIC member states at the closing session of the Conference of Tourism Ministers.

Bangladesh was selected as the…

Islamic Tourism

Dhaka, Apr 24 (UNB) – Iranian city of Tabriz in East Azerbaijan Province will officially be regarded as the capital of Islamic tourism for a year for 2018 from Wednesday.

This had been announced at the three-day 10th Session of the Islamic Conference of Tourism Ministers (ICTM) of OIC held from February 5-7 at Sonargaon Hotel in the capital.

Dhaka was chosen as the "City of Tourism" for 2019 by the tourism ministers of the OIC member states at the closing session of the Conference of Tourism Ministers.

Bangladesh was selected as the…

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04 Apr

The Chief Executive Office of the Dubai Tourism Department and Commerce Marketing, Issam Kazim, revealed that currently there is no move to make gambling legal in the emirate regardless of the fact that three of the most popular hotel casino brands on a global scale are to set foot in the country.

Dubai Tourism

The statement of the most senior Dubai Tourism official comes following last week’s announcement that Caesars Entertainment Corp. is to operate two hotels as well as a beach club in the emirate,…

The Chief Executive Office of the Dubai Tourism Department and Commerce Marketing, Issam Kazim, revealed that currently there is no move to make gambling legal in the emirate regardless of the fact that three of the most popular hotel casino brands on a global scale are to set foot in the country.

Dubai Tourism

The statement of the most senior Dubai Tourism official comes following last week’s announcement that Caesars Entertainment Corp. is to operate two hotels as well as a beach club in the emirate,…

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04 Apr

Indonesia will reveal its top Halal destinations paired with travelers’ countries of origins at ATM Dubai’s Global Halal Tourism Summit, on April 24th.

Bali is by far Indonesia’s most popular destination; however, it is not its most Halal-friendly one. With that in mind, Indonesia designated four top Halal destinations that are alternatives to Bali. At ATM Dubai Global Halal Tourism Summit, Mr. Riyanto Sofyan, Chairman of Halal Tourism Acceleration and Development Team, Indonesian Ministry of Tourism, will share the pairing of award winning Halal destinations with countries of…

Indonesia will reveal its top Halal destinations paired with travelers’ countries of origins at ATM Dubai’s Global Halal Tourism Summit, on April 24th.

Bali is by far Indonesia’s most popular destination; however, it is not its most Halal-friendly one. With that in mind, Indonesia designated four top Halal destinations that are alternatives to Bali. At ATM Dubai Global Halal Tourism Summit, Mr. Riyanto Sofyan, Chairman of Halal Tourism Acceleration and Development Team, Indonesian Ministry of Tourism, will share the pairing of award winning Halal destinations with countries of…

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02 Feb

Lovely decor, quiet dining and an extensive menu make Barakat at the Al Meroz a sure winner

THE AL Meroz in Bangkok is Thailand’s first fully halal hotel, with every facility a practising Muslim could need, and of course non-Muslims are welcome too, the latter enjoying the terrific fine-dining restaurant Barakat as much as anyone.

The hotel has a prayer room and separate swimming pools for men and women. All the guestrooms are oriented towards Mecca, and women guests travelling alone can stay on one floor with female staff on duty.

Barakat has a wide range of…

Lovely decor, quiet dining and an extensive menu make Barakat at the Al Meroz a sure winner

THE AL Meroz in Bangkok is Thailand’s first fully halal hotel, with every facility a practising Muslim could need, and of course non-Muslims are welcome too, the latter enjoying the terrific fine-dining restaurant Barakat as much as anyone.

The hotel has a prayer room and separate swimming pools for men and women. All the guestrooms are oriented towards Mecca, and women guests travelling alone can stay on one floor with female staff on duty.

Barakat has a wide range of…

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02 Feb

The tallest hotel in the world has officially opened its doors in Dubai, with the newly-completed Gevora Hotel stealing the Guinness World Record title from the nearby JW Marriott Marquis, which had held the position until now.

Opened on 12 February, the new hotel is located on the Sheikh Zayed Road, and stands at 356 metres tall (1167.98 feet), and features 528 deluxe rooms and suites, five separate dining experiences and leisure facilities with a main pool deck, and a health club. Guests staying at the lavish hotel will also have access to a range of specially-curated services,…

The tallest hotel in the world has officially opened its doors in Dubai, with the newly-completed Gevora Hotel stealing the Guinness World Record title from the nearby JW Marriott Marquis, which had held the position until now.

Opened on 12 February, the new hotel is located on the Sheikh Zayed Road, and stands at 356 metres tall (1167.98 feet), and features 528 deluxe rooms and suites, five separate dining experiences and leisure facilities with a main pool deck, and a health club. Guests staying at the lavish hotel will also have access to a range of specially-curated services,…

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02 Feb

A new wave of food bloogers is putting the spotlight on halal foods and carving out a niche on social media.

In a world dominated by influencers, “food porn” and sponsored posts, a new breed of Muslim foodies - colloquially known as ‘haloodies’ are carving out a niche on social media for the odd 1 billion consumers of halal food (meaning lawful in Arabic) around the globe. According to The Economist, the Islamic market will be worth more than $5 trillion by 2020, so you could say these bloggers are onto something.

Their task? Broadly, convincing the rest of the…

A new wave of food bloogers is putting the spotlight on halal foods and carving out a niche on social media.

In a world dominated by influencers, “food porn” and sponsored posts, a new breed of Muslim foodies - colloquially known as ‘haloodies’ are carving out a niche on social media for the odd 1 billion consumers of halal food (meaning lawful in Arabic) around the globe. According to The Economist, the Islamic market will be worth more than $5 trillion by 2020, so you could say these bloggers are onto something.

Their task? Broadly, convincing the rest of the…

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02 Feb

Hotel rooms with prayer schedules and halal eateries among Muslim-friendly gestures.

TAIPEI • From halal fried chicken to hot springs hotels with prayer facilities, Taiwan is adapting its traditional tourist draws to woo Muslim visitors as Chinese arrivals dwindle.

Mainland tourist numbers have slid dramatically as China relations deteriorate, with speculation that the authorities there are turning off the supply to pressure Taiwan's Beijing-sceptic government.

Taiwan is now looking to boost relations with 16 South and South-East Asian countries, as well as…

Hotel rooms with prayer schedules and halal eateries among Muslim-friendly gestures.

TAIPEI • From halal fried chicken to hot springs hotels with prayer facilities, Taiwan is adapting its traditional tourist draws to woo Muslim visitors as Chinese arrivals dwindle.

Mainland tourist numbers have slid dramatically as China relations deteriorate, with speculation that the authorities there are turning off the supply to pressure Taiwan's Beijing-sceptic government.

Taiwan is now looking to boost relations with 16 South and South-East Asian countries, as well as…

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02 Feb

Hotel rooms with prayer schedules and halal eateries among Muslim-friendly gestures.

TAIPEI • From halal fried chicken to hot springs hotels with prayer facilities, Taiwan is adapting its traditional tourist draws to woo Muslim visitors as Chinese arrivals dwindle.

Mainland tourist numbers have slid dramatically as China relations deteriorate, with speculation that the authorities there are turning off the supply to pressure Taiwan's Beijing-sceptic government.

Taiwan is now looking to boost relations with 16 South and South-East Asian countries, as well as…

Hotel rooms with prayer schedules and halal eateries among Muslim-friendly gestures.

TAIPEI • From halal fried chicken to hot springs hotels with prayer facilities, Taiwan is adapting its traditional tourist draws to woo Muslim visitors as Chinese arrivals dwindle.

Mainland tourist numbers have slid dramatically as China relations deteriorate, with speculation that the authorities there are turning off the supply to pressure Taiwan's Beijing-sceptic government.

Taiwan is now looking to boost relations with 16 South and South-East Asian countries, as well as…

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02 Feb

PUTRAJAYA,  The Visit Malaysia Year 2020 (VMY2020) is a national mission that will become a catalyst and a major driver of the country's tourism industry, Deputy Prime Minister Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said. 

He said VMY2020, themed 'Travel.Enjoy.Respect', is also a key agenda in achieving targets under the Malaysia Tourism Transformation Plan (MTTP) to ensure Malaysia remains competitive in the tourism industry. 

Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said the VMY2020 Secretariat was set up under Tourism Malaysia to coordinate and implement all programmes and…

PUTRAJAYA,  The Visit Malaysia Year 2020 (VMY2020) is a national mission that will become a catalyst and a major driver of the country's tourism industry, Deputy Prime Minister Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said. 

He said VMY2020, themed 'Travel.Enjoy.Respect', is also a key agenda in achieving targets under the Malaysia Tourism Transformation Plan (MTTP) to ensure Malaysia remains competitive in the tourism industry. 

Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said the VMY2020 Secretariat was set up under Tourism Malaysia to coordinate and implement all programmes and…

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02 Feb

The Gulf and Indian Ocean Hotel Investors’ Summit (GIOHIS) 2018 taking place in Abu Dhabi’s Viceroy Yas Island hotel on January 29 to 30 has an impressive line-up of topics and speakers. The two-day event will bring together industry leaders and experts deliberating on topical issues, the art of selling in a weak market for example, controlling costs, debt and managing acquisitions, luxury products and their comparisons in terms of ROI, to that one question that everybody is thinking but scared to ask: is Dubai in danger of overbuilt? It will be a great place to emerge enlightened,…

The Gulf and Indian Ocean Hotel Investors’ Summit (GIOHIS) 2018 taking place in Abu Dhabi’s Viceroy Yas Island hotel on January 29 to 30 has an impressive line-up of topics and speakers. The two-day event will bring together industry leaders and experts deliberating on topical issues, the art of selling in a weak market for example, controlling costs, debt and managing acquisitions, luxury products and their comparisons in terms of ROI, to that one question that everybody is thinking but scared to ask: is Dubai in danger of overbuilt? It will be a great place to emerge enlightened,…

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01 Jan

South Africa has realized the need to appeal to the Muslim traveller, with Cape Town making it possible for such an individual to enjoy a visit while still observing the cultural and religious practices. Cape Town, like many African cities, has a long history of Islam, which has influenced the local culture to some extent, African Exponent reported.

Africa was the first continent into which Islam spread from Asia in the early 7th century. In 2002, Muslims constituted 48% of the population of Africa. A majority of Muslims can be found in North Africa, Horn of Africa,…

South Africa has realized the need to appeal to the Muslim traveller, with Cape Town making it possible for such an individual to enjoy a visit while still observing the cultural and religious practices. Cape Town, like many African cities, has a long history of Islam, which has influenced the local culture to some extent, African Exponent reported.

Africa was the first continent into which Islam spread from Asia in the early 7th century. In 2002, Muslims constituted 48% of the population of Africa. A majority of Muslims can be found in North Africa, Horn of Africa,…

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01 Jan

British Backpacker Society has described Pakistan as “one of the friendliest countries on earth, with mountain scenery that is beyond anyone’s wildest imagination”.

LAHORE: British Backpacker Society has ranked Pakistan the world’s top travel destination for 2018.

The society described Pakistan as “one of the friendliest countries on earth, with mountain scenery that is beyond anyone’s wildest imagination”.

British Backpacker Society’s top 20 adventure travel destinations for 2018 also include Russia, India, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, and China.

British Backpacker Society has described Pakistan as “one of the friendliest countries on earth, with mountain scenery that is beyond anyone’s wildest imagination”.

LAHORE: British Backpacker Society has ranked Pakistan the world’s top travel destination for 2018.

The society described Pakistan as “one of the friendliest countries on earth, with mountain scenery that is beyond anyone’s wildest imagination”.

British Backpacker Society’s top 20 adventure travel destinations for 2018 also include Russia, India, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, and China.

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01 Jan

Indonesia ranked fourth in the Halal Travel Indicator, a ranking system that lists the world's top 10 countries considered to have a well-developed halal travel ecosystem.

A part of the Global Islamic Economy Indicator (GIEI), the ranking assesses a country’s ecosystem, including supply and demand drivers relative to its size, governance, awareness and social considerations, according to a statement.

The Halal Travel Indicator was first launched in 2014 as part of the 2014 State of the Global Islamic Economy Report initiated by Thomson Reuters in collaboration with…

Indonesia ranked fourth in the Halal Travel Indicator, a ranking system that lists the world's top 10 countries considered to have a well-developed halal travel ecosystem.

A part of the Global Islamic Economy Indicator (GIEI), the ranking assesses a country’s ecosystem, including supply and demand drivers relative to its size, governance, awareness and social considerations, according to a statement.

The Halal Travel Indicator was first launched in 2014 as part of the 2014 State of the Global Islamic Economy Report initiated by Thomson Reuters in collaboration with…

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12 Dec

The Global Islamic Economy Indicator (GIEI) is an annual ranking of the Islamic Economy pillars - of which travel is a key pillar – and is part of the State of the Global Islamic Economy Report 2017/18 produced by Thomson Reuters in collaboration with DinarStandard. The ranking assesses the country’s ecosystem, including supply and demand drivers relative to the country’s size, governance, awareness and social considerations.

Indonesia’s substantial efforts to develop Halal tourism are reflected in its enhanced ranking. The Ministry of Tourism allocated a larger…

The Global Islamic Economy Indicator (GIEI) is an annual ranking of the Islamic Economy pillars - of which travel is a key pillar – and is part of the State of the Global Islamic Economy Report 2017/18 produced by Thomson Reuters in collaboration with DinarStandard. The ranking assesses the country’s ecosystem, including supply and demand drivers relative to the country’s size, governance, awareness and social considerations.

Indonesia’s substantial efforts to develop Halal tourism are reflected in its enhanced ranking. The Ministry of Tourism allocated a larger…

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12 Dec

T he private sector plans to launch Sound Museum in Tabriz, East Azarbaijan Province, in preparation for the Tabriz 2018 event.

In December 2015, Tabriz was selected as the capital of Islamic tourism for 2018 by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, ILNA reported.

The museum features over 300 items, including musical instruments and related objects, collected during the past three decades by Hossein Sajedi, musician, author and researcher.

"The primary goal of the museum is to preserve and introduce Iran's valuable musical treasure and promote…

T he private sector plans to launch Sound Museum in Tabriz, East Azarbaijan Province, in preparation for the Tabriz 2018 event.

In December 2015, Tabriz was selected as the capital of Islamic tourism for 2018 by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, ILNA reported.

The museum features over 300 items, including musical instruments and related objects, collected during the past three decades by Hossein Sajedi, musician, author and researcher.

"The primary goal of the museum is to preserve and introduce Iran's valuable musical treasure and promote…

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02 Feb

NEW DELHI: The government of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) has come under fire for omitting the Taj Mahal from its annual tourism brochure, released on Oct. 2.
The stunning white marble mausoleum, commissioned by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, is widely considered one of the seven wonders of the world and attracts millions of visitors annually. But the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) — the country’s largest political party, which leads the UP government under Hindu nationalist Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath — has stated that “the Taj Mahal and other…

NEW DELHI: The government of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) has come under fire for omitting the Taj Mahal from its annual tourism brochure, released on Oct. 2.
The stunning white marble mausoleum, commissioned by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, is widely considered one of the seven wonders of the world and attracts millions of visitors annually. But the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) — the country’s largest political party, which leads the UP government under Hindu nationalist Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath — has stated that “the Taj Mahal and other…

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