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International Halal Showcase 4-7 April 2018 Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC), Kuala Lumpur

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Kuala Lumpur Named As Among the Top Halal Holiday Destination In The World
31 January 2017

In the colourful city of Kuala Lumpur, you can find serene oases of exotic heritage sites such as Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman on Jalan Stonor, juxtaposed against the mighty skyscrapers that dominate the vast skyline of the city. Kuala Lumpur is also home to the tallest twin towers in the world—the PETRONAS Twin Towers. KL as Kuala Lumpur is more affectionately known, is the capital of Malaysia, a country where more than 60% of its population are muslims. Malaysia was recently recognized as the top halal holiday destination by CrescentRating, a Singapore based Muslim travel consultancy, scoring 8.3 out of a possible score of 10. The study ranked countries by how well they cater to the Muslim tourists that choose to visit these countries. The halal tourism industry, like most other halal sectors, are enjoying tremendous growth. According to the latest State of the Halal Economy report by Thomson Reuters, Muslims are expected to spend an estimated $192 billion by 2020 on tourism related activities. This demand is not lost on traditionally popular mainstream destinations and countries such as Spain, Bosnia, Croatia, Brazil and Japan are quick to tweak their products to cater for this demand. Kuala Lumpur has long had a Muslim friendly tourist infrastructure. Tourists will have a fuss-free time looking for halal restaurants around the city. And the sheer variety of halal cuisine available to Muslim tourists is a big plus point—Malay, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Western and many more—without doubting the halal status of the food. Another reason why Kuala Lumpur is the perfect destination for Muslims is because of the abundance of prayer facilities in public places such as malls, tourist hotspots and airports. Muslim tourists often face the problem of not having a proper prayer facility or even Qiblat directions conveniently pinpointed in public places. Not so in Kuala Lumpur. In fact, hotels in Kuala Lumpur mostly have the Qiblat label or sign pointed out in rooms. Having a rich Islamic history also helps Kuala Lumpur to stand out in Asia as a Muslim friendly destination, making it the choice of many Islamic history buffs all around the world. The city houses the Islamic Arts Museum on Jalan Lembah Perdana with thousands of Islamic artifacts, manuscripts, books and even jewellery. It’s strategically placed within a radius of other tourist attractions such as the world famous Kuala Lumpur Bird Park. According to a report by Thomson Reuters 2016/17, there has been 1.9K interactions by millennials with Malaysia, pointing towards a promising future for the country’s halal tourism sector. Kuala Lumpur is a charming city that can appeal to every type of person there is. From the fashionista, to the intellect, and even the foodie. It has facilities as modern as other countries in the world and has class-act tourist attractions. It’s no surprise why people just keep coming back.