Τρίτη, 30 Απριλίου 2019
Pei-Yu Wu first learned what halal signifies at the time of hosting Southeast Asian delegates for the Ministry of Foreign of Affairs in Taiwan.
Growing up in Taiwan with less than 2 percent Muslim population, she didn’t know Islamic customs. She took her guests to a night market and by chance bought cong zhua bing, a famous street food that was cooked with pork grease. She was so uncomfortable by her halal faux pas that she came to a conclusion to open her own travel agency, Halal Trip Guru, to make it easier for other Muslim tourists visiting Taiwan.
Wu’s company is part of Taiwan’s rising halal tourism, bolstered by a government effort that aimed on making the country Muslim-friendly. As per Crescent Rating, a research group that tracks halal travel trends, Taiwan welcomed over 80,000 Muslims last year than the previous year. In China, home to 20 million Muslims, Crescent Rating’s CEO Fazal Bahardeen said numbers have remained the same, with zero government investment in halal tourism. “We have not seen any sort of activity from mainland China in terms of targeting this Muslim market,” Bahardeen said.
Muslim tourists comprise world’s one of the fastest-growing travel sectors. By 2026, Crescent Rating estimates that there will be 230 million halal tourists travelling worldwide. By 2050, the Pew Research Center estimates Muslims will comprise 30 percent of the world’s population. In spite of this fast growth, Bahardeen said halal tourism is a market is still untapped, particularly in China. “[Muslims] are still poorly represented in the travel space.”
To the Muslims, China is ready to stay connected than ever through the Belt and Road Initiative, a comprehensive infrastructure project that would connect China to halal tourism markets including Malaysia, Singapore, and Pakistan. The BRI project plan, which takes in a pan-Asian railway line between Yunnan in southwest China and Singapore, is all geared up to reinstate a once thriving trade network and historical route of religious exchange between China and Southeast Asia.
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Saudi Arabia’s USD 25 billion ‘White Oil’ market is the key to economic diversification, say tourism experts at ATM
· Tourism related sectors expected to generate 3.3 per cent of KSA GDP in 2019
· Hospitality, leisure and entertainment will play a major role in realising Saudi Vision 2030, according to panellists at Arabian Travel Market 2019
· Total number of Saudi Arabia’s domestic and inbound trips projected to rise to 93.8 million by 2023
Tourism will play a major role in reducing Saudi Arabia’s dependence on oil revenues, according to experts speaking at .
In a panel discussion titled ‘, which took place on ATM 2019’s Global Stage, representatives from , , , , and discussed opportunities related to upcoming tourist-focused developments and visa reforms.
Kingdom-based industries in direct contact with tourists are expected to generate more than USD 25 billion this year – approximately 3.3 per cent of Saudi Arabia’s GDP – according to figures released by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).
, Head of Destination Marketing, Jabal Omar Development Company, said: “Our country has beautiful geographic diversity and a host of cultural attractions so, once visitors come into the kingdom and see the different projects lined up for them, I think it will market itself.”
Saudi Arabia’s domestic tourist trips are projected to rise by 8 per cent in 2019, while inbound visits from international markets are expected to grow by 5.6 per cent per year, according to research conducted by on behalf of ATM 2019.
With the creation of new local attractions thanks to the Quality of Life Vision Realization Program and the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), Saudi Arabia’s overall number of tourist trips is on course to hit 93.8 million by 2023, up from 64.7 million in 2018.
Commenting on Saudi residents’ historic tendency to travel out of the country for entertainment and leisure, , CEO, Colliers International MENA, said: “I think some airlines could probably double their number of [weekend] flights and still fill the seats. So, when the country opens [new local attractions], people will utilise them.”
By helping Saudi Arabia to further boost its domestic and inbound tourist numbers, panellists agreed that ‘giga’ developments will prove crucial in helping to meet the economic diversification targets set out in Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.
, President and Managing Director Marriott ME&A, Marriott International, said: “The challenge to date has been a lack of opportunities for domestic tourists. However, if you look at developments like The Red Sea Project and Qiddiya, which are completely reinventing destinations that will appeal to Saudi residents, you will find everything from hospitality and wellness to entertainment and sports. For many segments of the local population, these projects will stimulate spending in the country.”
Despite the more than 9,000 keys of three- to five-star international supply due to enter the market this year, the panel agreed that the kingdom is well placed to sustain and even increase occupancy levels over the coming years thanks to a combination of giga-projects, high-profile events, entertainment and religious tourism.
, CEO, Dur Hospitality, said: “We’ve been in the hospitality sector for 42 years and we’ve never seen anything like this. What’s happening now is earth shattering. The change of mindset in terms of opening up this country for visitors – whether for religious or general tourism – is definitely something to be celebrated.”
Visa-related improvements are also expected to drive growth in Saudi Arabia’s tourism sector. With the roll-out of 30-day Umrah Plus Visas, eVisas for tourists and specialist visas for events such as the Formula E Championship’s E-Prix, the kingdom looks set to attract more international visitors than ever before.
, Director of Tourism, Saudi General Investment Authority, said: “Many of the reforms that are happening right now, such as 100 per cent ownership and easier registration for foreign companies, involve regulation. Hopefully, we will see lots of international investment in Saudi destinations very soon.”
Running until Wednesday, 1 May, ATM 2019 will see more than 2,500 exhibitors showcase their products and services at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). Viewed by industry professionals as a barometer for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) tourism sector, last year’s edition of ATM welcomed 39,000 people, representing the largest exhibition in the history of the show.
For full details of the ATM 2019 event programme, visit: .
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As the carrier with the most transatlantic flights from Halifax, WestJet today began its new non-stop service between Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) and Dublin Airport (DUB).
“Today’s flight between these important tourism and business markets reinforces our commitment to investing in Halifax as an Atlantic gateway to Europe,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet’s Chief Commercial Officer. “WestJet continues to support the efforts of the government of Nova Scotia to enhance trade, tourism and grow economies in the province and the UK. To our guests on both sides of the Atlantic, go raibh maith agat, thank you.”
WestJet has served the city of Halifax since 2003 and has seen 160 per cent growth in flights to and from Halifax Stanfield. This summer the airline will operate non-stop service to 15 cities with an average of 28 departures per day from Halifax.
“Adding nonstop flights to key markets is a sign of confidence in our province and region,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We’re pleased to see WestJet’s commitment to this new link, which helps support our Nova Scotia-Europe Engagement Strategy and efforts to grow our economy.”
“We’re so pleased WestJet continues to demonstrate confidence in our airport, our region and our future with the introduction of this new non-stop service to Dublin,” said Joyce Carter, President & CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority. “We have grown into an Atlantic Canadian hub airport where travellers can conveniently connect to, from and through Europe and beyond. We thank WestJet for their continued investment and expansion of their service at Halifax Stanfield and to passengers who make these flights a success.”
WestJet has operated to Dublin, Ireland since 2015 and on June 1 will bring one of its first three Dreamliner aircraft to the city with nonstop service from Calgary.
Details of WestJet’s new non-stop service:
|Halifax-Dublin||6x weekly||10:20 p.m.||7:32 a.m. +1||April 29, 2019|
|Dublin-Halifax||6x weekly||9:00 a.m.||11:02 a.m.||April 30, 2019|