According to Luxury Travel Ltd (www.luxurytravels.asia), about 23% of the world population is Muslim. Of these, around 62% live in Asia – Pacific, 20% in the Middle East- North Africa,15% in Sub Saharan Africa, around 3% in Europe and 0.3% in the Americas.
“Halal tourism is leisure and travel that complies with Islamic law, such as the provision of cuisine and beverages that contain no pork or alcohol, and the separation of men and women at tourist events and sites,” says CEO and Founder Pham Ha of Luxury Travel Ltd.
“Halal tourism is not complicated. Basically, we just need to include what Muslim tourists need when traveling, such as hotels that have a kiblat sign [direction to Mecca], a prayer mat, halal food, a toilet with washing facilities and a tour that includes daily prayers.”
Luxury Travel has been recognized the first luxury halal tour and holiday operator focusing on Muslim tourists from Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Turkey, the North Africa and the Middle East visiting Vietnam in 2014.
“We have reserved special tours for Muslim travellers, halal food restaurants and mosque locations. We expect to host around 1000 – 1200 Muslim travellers in 2014, an increase of 30% growth annually,” reveals Pham Ha
Pham Ha says: “The Muslim population in Indonesia shows immense potential. Demand from this segment is picking up and is expected to increase, thanks todirect flights between South-east Asian countries, including the latest flight to (Ho Chi Minh City) from Jakarta four times per week. “Also, no visa is needed for most citizens travelling between ASEAN countries,” he adds.
The company also targets the most sophisticated travelers from the Middle East with niche tourism products with new airline connections to Vietnam and Cambdodia. Etihad Airway announced a direct route connecting Ho Chi Minh City and Abu Dhabi (UAE) to open in 1 October 2013. Also, arrivals from the Middle East will grow, supported by Qatar Airways’ new daily flight connection from Doha to Phnom Penh via Ho Chi Minh City.
“In order to capitalize on these potential markets, we have revamped our halal website, created special experiences for Muslim travelers, worked with reputable halal food restaurants, searched out mosque locations and trained our staff in order to better serve Muslim travelers.
We attend various travel trade shows in individual markets And with nearly 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, the potential market is huge,” added Ha.
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