halatrip.com launches islamic travel guide

Published March 25th, 2010 - 11:07 GMT

halaltrip.com, an online directory of worldwide Muslim-friendly hotels, has just launched to public. Users can easily rate businesses helping to create the most transparent travel source for Muslims. Each hotel profile includes information whether alcohol and Halal Food is served and if woman-only facilities like pools and other wellness activities and a prayer facility are offered.

“We want to be the leading online source for Muslims planning their holidays or religious trips. halaltrip is a strongly Islamic based free web service providing honestly researched information on Halal travelling. Ratings will be daily examined based on a fair and faithfully set of criteria. This is an underestimated market as we are reaching out to more than one billion people”, says Founder Karim Saad.

Internationalization coming soon

Currently halaltrip is only available in English but will be multi-lingual within the upcoming weeks.  “Internationalization is our next big goal! As soon as possible we are going to launch an Arabic and a Turkish version”, forecasts Saad.
Despite the worldwide economic crisis the so-called "Halal tourism" is still on the rise. The World Travel Market Report (WTM) called this special segment of travelling an “untapped field not only for Middle and Far East but also for Western Europe”.

“Global Players like TripAdvisor, YahooTravel and HolidayCheck are just the peak of a huge variety of rating sites. Despite that there is still a ‘niche’, targeting a Muslim audience, who is keen on travelling within a Halal environment. That’s what halaltrip is for”, hopes Saad for a great future of his project.


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