SHAFAQNA -Â A halal travel rating consultancy has released the world’s first-ever glossary, which provides access to terminology used in the halal travel market.
â€œEmbracing the Halal travel phenomenon is now a key focus of growth across the industry for both OIC and non-OIC destinations,â€ Fazal Bahardeen, CEO of CrescentRating, a Halal travel ratings and accreditation consultancy, was quoted by Emirates 24/7 on Thursday, August 13.
â€œWith an increasing number of destinations and services looking to attract Muslim traveler, there is a need to better understand the terms used to describe the market needs and practices related to this segment.â€
The consultancy revealed news about the glossary in a media statement on Tuesday, saying it promotes accurate and consistent use of terms in the Halal travel market.
The glossary includes over 150 terms and concepts that have been validated, with regular updates planned as the market matures
Providing an overview of halal travel and its core values, each of these terms has been defined in the context of lifestyle and travel.
The glossary, which was divided into sections for easy navigation, it has been published as a free downloadable e-book with plans to make it an online resource in the near future, the statement noted.
CrescentRating said understanding these terms is imperative for all travel-related businesses looking to benefit from the growth of this market such as tourism boards, government agencies, hotels, restaurants,Â attractions, airports, airlines, cruises and spas.
The e-book also covers faith-related terms used to describe the needs and practices of Muslim travelers.
The first edition of the glossary is now available in English with plans to publish it in other languages in the future.
A recent study released by Singapore-based halal travel specialist Crescentrating and DinarStandard has expected influx of Muslim holidaymakers over the next decade.
The study, conducted in 47 countries, found that spending by Muslim tourists is growing faster than the global rate and is forecast to reach $192 billion a year by 2020, up from $126 billion in 2011.
Last March, two Muslim cities, Marrakech in Morocco and Istanbul in Turkey, have beenÂ named worldâ€™s best cities by a trip advisor, after gaining support of tourists worldwide.