December 26, 2019

Halal Tourism in Turkey

Stunning natural beauty, touch of ancient civilization, inspiring art and architecture and its
delicious food makes Turkey a world-wide famous country. Turkish food, like Turkish lifestyle
varies from cultural and traditional to the most modern dishes. Turkish food is famous all over
the world and has never been shy of an audience. As for the halal food is concern, Turkey ranks
as worlds’ third most popular halal tourism destination after Indonesia and Malaysia. In last 5
years, with only 2% share of this rapidly growing $226 billion industry, the halal tourist have
quartette increased.

In addition, a recent report given by Financial Times, it is stated that a 62% increase is noticed in a year
regarding the occupancy from guests mostly from the Persian Gulf and Iran in ‘The Hilton Hotel
Group’. This contributed in improving the reputation of Turkey as halal tourism that leaves
Turkey with a foot firmly on the Muslim tourist map. Moreover, the easy accesses to transport
with great affordability and comfort make it a desirable nation for any Muslim holiday maker.

Halal Tourism in Turkey

In the recent years, Turkey has developed a strong relation with the Gulf and Middle Eastern
states while also establishing relationships with Arabs. Other countries are now investing heavily
in business, Turkish real estate and choosing the country as their favorite holiday destination.
Furthermore, this rapid growth has made a new influx of, Halal concept hotels i.e. resorts
offering segregated pool, spa facilities, prayer halls, delicious Halal food and an alcohol-free
environment.

At the same time, the Aegean resorts such as Bodrum and Marmaris, and
Mediterranean destinations such as Fethiye, Antalya and Alanya have boosted popularity due to
many halal concept hotels. Hotels also offers the facilities of be luxury all-inclusive with five
stars golf, gym and sporting facilities, segregated beaches, pools and spas. Many hotels that were
once established at beer swilling Europeans are moved to base their foundations and facilities in
line with Islamic beliefs. Similarly, Turkey boasts many advantages for the Muslim traveler that
includes a growing number of city and coastal airports and hundreds of historic and religious
attractions, restaurants serving halal cuisine.

Tourism in Turkey is changing

The Turkey is no longer simply a country of holiday makers for Europeans and British
destination. The Turkish government aimed to make different variations for tourism including a
medical tourism that is developing as a huge sector in Turkey’s tourism. Istanbul International
Health Association said 700,000 medical tourists received surgeries of a traditional or cosmetic
nature in 2017 and they are expecting 100,000 more this year.

Moreover, the rise in numbers of
Chinese and Asian tourists and Turkey is declared as "Turkey tourism year" in China, in 2018.
The Turkish Ambassador to Beijing has stated last week that Turkey has already welcomed 97%
more Chinese this year compared to last year. Similarly, as a cultural and religious spot, Turkey is increasing its reputation at monthly bases. The government officials are taking many steps to
ensure Turkey can successfully host over 50 million tourists by 2023, the republics centennial.

Halal tourism and real estate in Turkey

The rapid increase in holidaymakers from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait is certainly
boosting the popularity and investment in coastal real estate in Turkey. Tolga Ertukel, the
director of Turkey homes stated, “It’s now possible to purchase a great bargain property in
Turkey if you move quickly.

The fall in value of the Turkish lira has left many properties in
Turkey available at favorable prices – in some cases up to 20% cheaper than the list price last
month. We are receiving far more hits to our website and booked a lot more property viewings
since Trump’s Twitter announcement. There is also a noticeable rise in interest from those from
the Gulf. Our Arabic speaking staff has received a lot more inquiries on investment properties in
Istanbul, and our coastal offices are also busy, especially with regards to viewings of private
villas in Antalya and Alanya, both popular locations for Muslim investors”.

On the other hand, the Turkish real estate purchases to foreigners have increased 65.6% per year
according to the recent official statistics released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat).
Muslims from Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have been the majority buyers, accounting for
1,287 of the 2,858 foreign purchases.

Most of the apartments were sold to Muslim investors and buyers as the stats support Tolga’s
comments. Antalya has received great feedback in its real estate market that is indeed partly due
to its popularity with halal concept and the facilities that are Muslim friendly. Turkey is now a
favorite destination among Islamic investors as for purchasing and holiday home abroad. Thus
Turkey has emerged as an excellent halal tourist spot in recent years.

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