Etihad arrives in Perth, time to get Halal Ready!
4 October 2013
Etihad Airways direct flights to Perth would boost international tourism from the Middle East, Europe and the US according to Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall.
“Etihad flights to Perth would mean more competition and services from Europe through the growing Middle East hub” said Mr Hall.
“Tourism from the Middle East will continue to grow rapidly as Etihad joins Emirates and Qatar with direct flights to Perth” said Mr Hall.
Tourism from the Middle East to WA more than doubled last financial year to approximately 10,000 visitors. The rapid growth means local tourism operators must get ready for increasing Muslim visitors.
“Muslim travellers from the Middle East and South East Asia are a growing market for WA tourism” said Mr Hall.
“We must provide a ‘Halal Ready’ service for these guests to ensure they have an extraordinary experience in WA” said Mr Hall.
Tourism Council WA are working with the tourism industry to get businesses ‘Halal Ready’ including:
- Halal food services and alcohol customs
- Religous observations e.g. Prayer times and Ramadam
- Lifestyle, cultural and entertainment expectations
- Facilities and information needs
“We must provide our Muslim visitors with great customer service, so they will promote WA to their family and friends when they get back home” said Mr Hall.
For further information on ‘Halal Ready’ Workshops contact Tourism Council WA on 9416 0700
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