Online booking site launches halal hotel search option

A Malaysia-based online travel site has launched a booking option that aims to help Muslim travelers find halal-friendly accommodations.

LagiSatu.com says it's launched the world’s first meta search engine that will help Muslim travelers identify halal hotels -- accommodations which are rated based on their capacity to meet Muslim needs. The site is partnered with major sites such as Expedia, Hotels.com, Venere.com and Booking.com.

It’s the latest development in a niche but ever-growing market -- that of affluent Muslim travelers -- that's twice the size of China’s and bigger than that of the US.

Muslim holiday-makers are estimated to spend more than $126 billion USD annually on tourism.

For the halal hotel search engine, LagiSatu.com has partnered with HalalStars.com, a directory of 20,000 properties around the world which have been listed and rated based on the services and facilities which meet Muslim needs.

To look for a halal hotel, users need only check off the HalalStars box. Aside from meeting dietary requirements, catering to Muslim travel needs could range from offering prayer rooms, prayer rugs, pre-sunrise breakfast services during Ramadan, family-friendly, alcohol-free hotels with separate wellness areas for women.

Meanwhile, forward-thinking tourism offices and hotel chains have already started to cater to their Muslim visitors and guests, by offering listings of halal hotels and restaurants or offering special Muslim-oriented travel products.

Queensland Tourism in Australia, for instance, set up a special website dedicated to halal travel, while Surfers Paradise Marriott Courtyard, also in Queensland, sets up a Ramadan Lounge where Muslim guests can break their fast with dates, snack and coffee.

HalalTrip.com offers a similar service for finding Muslim-friendly accommodations, while Crescenttours.com also positions itself as a halal tourism specialist.

vs/cm

  • Volkswagen brings new (ish) Jetta to New York along with Golf Sportwagen 35 minutes ago
    Volkswagen brings new (ish) Jetta to New York along with Golf Sportwagen

    With its new President and CEO of America, Michael Horn, on stage in New York after just 100 days on the job, Volkswagen debuted its 2015 Jetta. You'd be forgiven for noticing little differences compared to the outgoing model, and in the words of Horn himself, the changes are indeed subtle. The most notable of those subtleties is the all-new 2.0 liter turbo diesel motor, offering 45 mpg highway and a modest increase of 10 hp. For VW, diesel is where it's at.

  • With Vantage GT, Aston Martin races below $100,000 1 hour 13 minutes ago
    With Vantage GT, Aston Martin races below $100,000

    Aston Martin is going downmarket, sort of. The 2015 Vantage GT, a sport-styled variant of Aston’s legendary flagship car, draws style and performance tips from their GT4 race cars, which will be running in North America this year. It’s also priced at $99,900, which shows that the market for these kinds of consumer sports cars has boomed in recent years.

  • Ford plants a new Mustang on the Empire State Building in style 3 hours ago
    Ford plants a new Mustang on the Empire State Building in style

    Fifty years ago this week, Ford made history by staging the greatest car launch in history — building up the drama around its new Mustang with stunts like papering over dealership windows and landing on the covers of both Time and Newsweek magazine. To celebrate its anniversary, Ford re-created a stunt it last pulled off in 1965 — landing a new Mustang on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building.