An Arabic word, halal means what is allowable under the teachings of Islam.
It is designed for families of Islamic faith, necessitating separate facilities for swimming and spa use for women and men.
For him, proof that the Government is taking the industry seriously, as well as the country’s place in it, can be seen in food courts in Changi International Airport with separate areas for halal and non-halal foods.
Moreover, the Government has also requested for hotels to build prayer rooms and other facilities, and provide halal restaurants.
The number of Muslim travelers has increased all over the world by about 30 percent since 2016.
Ufuk Secgin, the chief marketing officer for Halal Booking, a Muslim-focused vacation search engine, said earlier this year, “In Europe, the Muslim community is now in its third or fourth generation. They are educated and have good-paying jobs.
Last October, at the travel show ITB Asia, Crescent Rating and Halal Trip, two halal travel authorities, held panel discussions and showcases specifically for the approximately 156 million Muslims travelling in 2019 and 2020.
A big part of the talks centred on food.
Soumaya Hamdi, the founder of Halal Travel Guide, told the New York Times, “The number one factor is good quality halal food. “I’m not talking about curry or biryani — I’m talking about authentic local food that is halal. After that, it’s usually prayer facilities.”
Its founder, Mikhael Goh, created the platform with some friends in 2015 while he was a student in Seoul, out of frustration with not finding halal food daily.
“We were thinking, why is it in 2015, when there is Yelp and TripAdvisor and so many popular apps and services to tell you where to eat and where to travel, why on earth is there so little information for Muslims?
Not just about food — yes, halal food is the basis of a lot of things, but also about safety and prayer. There was a general lack of information out there and the information that did exist was so fragmented,” he said. / TISG