Taiwan, an “inclusive” place for Muslims

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Global Muslim Travel Index ranks Taiwan second among destinations among non-members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation

  • By Shelley Shan / Staff Reporter

Taiwan was recognized as the “Inclusive Destination of the Year” among non-members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at the Halal in Travel Awards this year.

The awards were handed out on Wednesday last week by Singapore-based CrescentRating, which collaborates with Mastercard on the Global Muslim Travel Index each year. The awards were presented for the first time to recognize travel destinations, organizations, businesses and individuals with a profound impact on Halal tourism.

For a second year, the index also ranked Taiwan as the second most attractive destination among non-OIC countries. Last year, Taiwan and the UK tied for second place.

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The Tourism Board said Taiwan received the “Inclusive Destination of the Year” award mainly because of its index this year.

“The award not only showed that Taiwan has successfully integrated travel resources for Muslim travelers, but also that the international community has recognized Taiwan as a safe country to visit and one that respects religious freedom,” the office said. .

Receiving the award on behalf of Taiwan in an online ceremony, Tourism Bureau Deputy Director General Trust Lin (林信任) thanked the award organizer for recognizing Taiwan’s efforts to create an environment Muslim friendly travel.

A pavilion is to be set up at the Taiwan Culinary Expo in August to showcase Muslim cuisine and culture, Lin said at the ceremony, adding that Taiwan welcomes Muslim visitors to visit in the post-COVID-19 era.

In this year’s index, Singapore maintained its No. 1 status among non-OIC nations, while Thailand and the UK tied for third.

The index continued to rank Taiwan among the top countries in terms of transportation, travel safety and religious freedom, the bureau said, adding that Taiwan and Malaysia shared the top spot in the marketing to Muslims category. .

In marketing, Taiwan scored higher this year than last, he said.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted travel around the world, Taiwan has never stopped marketing itself to Muslim tourists, he said.

Since last year, the office has published two manuals on hosting Muslim travellers.

Four 10-minute Taiwan travel films are to be released this month to target Muslims in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, the bureau said.

“We will continue to subsidize the hospitality industry to build Muslim-friendly facilities, provide guidance for halal food and travel certification, and provide training on how to deal with Muslim tourists,” the office said, adding that more Muslim tourists are expected once crossing the border. tourism resumes.

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