How Taiwan ' halal ' is going to attract tourists from the Middle East
Taiwan, one of the four "Asian Tigers" with an average national income of nearly $40,000, picks out all the stops to attract tourists from the Gulf States. There is a daily direct flight from Dubai to Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. This flight has a whole range of Muslim-friendly facilities and facilities on Board that the life of a Muslim traveler easier.
In an interview for Al Arabiya English exclusively in the headquarters of the National Development Council of Taiwan told Connie Chang, Director of the general planning: "The global Islamic Economics report, published by the 2016/17 financial Institute Thomson-Reuters, predicted that the spending of Muslim consumers worldwide will increase from 1.9 trillion in 2015 to 2.6 trillion in 2020. This is a potential market we like to tickle ".
Elaborating on the Muslim-friendly policy of the island nation added Chang: "a Government project that the ties with Muslim Nations should promote is Halal, a Taiwan annual fair in which locally produced products and services are promoted. In addition, the Government also started with campaigns that increase in the number of halal certified locations should Taiwan. There is also a simplified VISA procedure for visitors from the Middle East and other countries whose majority is Muslim ".
Eric Lin, Director of International Affairs of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, says: "to more Muslim attract tourists and the visibility of Taiwan in the Muslim world, we are a Muslim friendly environment to making in Taiwan. The Tourism Bureau is working with the Chinese Muslim Association (CMA, Taiwan) to provide certificates to restaurants that serve halal food, as well as to hotels and central kitchens. "
"Our goal is to provide food and comfortable hotels provide to Muslim visitors. Our agency also provides grants for obtaining a halal certification by restaurants and hotels to encourage them to improve and adapt their facilities to meet the Muslim needs. To Muslim travelers more at ease the Agency also encourages public transport and sights to places to pray and Muslim friendly toilet rooms. "
Lin quoted is proud to present the latest MasterCard-Crescent assessment of the global Muslim traveler index that Taiwan has designated as the safest Muslim destination outside the organisation of Islamic cooperation (OIC) countries. Taiwan was also ranked as the seventh most popular destination among 130 non-OIC countries.
The numbers are still not very impressive. Last year were only 200,000 of the 10.44 million tourists who visited Taiwan Muslim. But officials like Chang and Lin are optimistic because the number of Muslim travellers is increasing. According to the current forecast, the number of Muslim travelers from 168 to 117 million in 2020. Taiwan hopes to obtain a significant share in here.
According to Lin comes most of the Muslim travelers from nearby countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. The affluent Gulf region is a huge market and the bringing together of Taiwan also includes an exhibition of the Office at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) fair in Dubai. Lin said that targeted actions of airline Emirates, which the daily Dubai-Taipei flight, of the Taiwanese tourism bureau and travel agencies will show results.