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Tourists flock to Pakistan Kashmir valley in rare boom

Source : AFP | 20 Jul 2013

Success stories can be rare in Pakistan, but business is booming in one Kashmir tourist spot as the region rebuilds after a devastating earthquake and shrugs off associations with violence.

Hundreds of thousands of Pakistani tourists drawn to the lakes and glaciers of the Neelum valley are injecting desperately needed money into one of the poorest parts of the country.

Malaysia rated top Muslim-friendly holiday destination

By AFP | 16 Jan 2013

Malaysia has been rated the world’s top Muslim-friendly holiday destination in a survey released Wednesday that listed Egypt, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Singapore as runners-up.

The study by Singapore-based Muslim travel consultancy Crescentrating ranked countries on how well they cater to the growing number of Muslim holidaymakers seeking halal - or Islam-compliant - food and services.

Sufi Trail reveals secrets of Islamic mysticism

Source : AP | 08 Nov 2012

Perched high on a hilltop, this Sufi shrine was erected in the 16th century to honor the Sufi mystics.

And today a group of tourists are gathered to learn more about Sufi mysticism in the Palestinian village of Birzeit, near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Raed Saadeh is briefing visitors before the start of the Sufi Trail.

Malaysia a favorite destination of Saudis, says official

Source : Agencies | 03 Oct 2012

The number of Saudi tourists visiting Malaysia, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Islamic world, is increasing each year with their number reaching 87,693 in 2011, Malaysian Consul General Mohammed Khalid Abbasi Abdul Razak said.

“Saudi Arabia is considered as a primary market for our tourism,” the consul general said addressing a reception marking 55th anniversary of Malaysia’s National Day.

Global Tourism Gets Halal Boom

Source : OnIslam | 30 Jul 2012

Indonesian mission holds road show to lure Saudi tourists

By Fourzia Khan | Arab News | Jeddah | 03 May 2012

The Indonesian Consulate in Jeddah in coordination with the country's Ministry of Culture and Tourism organized a two-day tourism exhibition at Aziz Mall last weekend.

“It is a good chance for Saudi families and children to discover more about the world’s largest Muslim country in terms of population, tourism opportunities, civilization and cultural heritage, and meet a number of Indonesian travel and tourism agencies,” said A. Fauzy Chusny, information officer from Indonesia Information and Cultural Affairs.

Tourism Center in North Caucasus attracted Asian Investors

Source : Tourism Review | 28 Nov 2011

Investors from Europe and Asia join a Russian project of a new tourism center. Planned to open in 2020, the complex is to include five ski resorts.

Singaporean investor Suprema Associates decided to participate in the construction of a huge Russian tourism center project in the Caucasus. The cooperation agreement was signed in Hong Kong during the international real estate exhibition MIPIM Asia 2011. It is assumed that about USD 1 billion will be invested.

Foreign investor interest crystallizing in $15-billion tourism project in Russia

Source : Northern Caucasus Resorts Company | PRNewswire via COMTEX / Sochi, Russia, 15 Sept 2011

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