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Why South Africa is laying a welcome mat for Muslim visitors

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Most people do not realise how well set South Africa is for hosting Muslim visitors. Halal food is practically available everywhere .

Look forward to hosting muslim tourists. From prayers rooms available in even remote filling stations to airports.




Why South Africa is laying a welcome mat for Muslim visitors

Updated 3:50 AM EST, Tue January 30, 2018
05:04 - Source: CNN
Why South Africa is keen to attract Muslim tourists
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
Muslim tourism could be worth $200 billion by 2020
Cape Town is tailoring experiences for Muslim visitors
(CNN) —
With more than one million visitors in 2016, Cape Town already ranks highly among the most popular destinations in Africa.
But South Africa’s legislative capital and its tourism industry is now targeting a new niche: Muslims.
Travel expenditure by Muslim travelers is expected to exceed $200 billion by 2020, according to a 2016 report by Mastercard, and there are high hopes that many can be attracted to the city of Table Mountain.

“Traditionally, Cape Town was perceived as mainly a European city with a bit of Africanism to it,” says Enver Duminy, CEO of Cape Town Tourism.
“We needed another narrative to meet the (Muslim) market’s wants and needs, to make sure we deliver in a professional way but also a respectful way by firstly understanding the culture.”
That includes adapting the city’s leisure facilities to cater specifically to Muslim travelers. Major chains such as Hilton already offer bespoke Muslim-friendly rooms, complete with prayer mats and the Qur’an.
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“Everything prepared in this kitchen is no alcohol, no pork,” says Tamarin Van Zyl, Executive Chef at the Hilton Cape Town City Centre.
“The entire kitchen at Hilton Cape Town City Centre is all halal. We don’t serve wine.”
The Muslim population in Cape Town is South Africa’s largest, and its long history has given rise to visitor attractions.
These include the site of the first Muslim prayer congregation in South Africa, and the first mosque – Auwal Masjid – built in 1794.
Other hotels are moving to offer similar services but will need more training on providing Muslim-friendly services, says Fadi Awad who runs a travel agent catering to Muslim travelers.
Fadi Awad, MD of Roze Travel, told CNN: “They lack a bit of cultural and religious background but despite that I believe hotels are moving fast to try and learn to cope with and understand arrivals from such destinations.”
 

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Come to London, every fried chicken shop is halal and most fast foods and normal restaurants are halal (due to the high Muslim population in London)
 

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My brother went to South Africa, he really enjoyed it there - although when he was going to joked a lot about car jacking and violent crime. I assume that's not the case in South Africa now right?
 

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My brother went to South Africa, he really enjoyed it there - although when he was going to joked a lot about car jacking and violent crime. I assume that's not the case in South Africa now right?
Yes it is violent crime is still a big thing in South Africa havent you seen the video of a robbery attempt on a car.
 

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been in 3 attempted hijackings; third time took out the hijackers. no bs; went to report it - police said no worries.
Wow.Its better to hire a PSC they are probably much better than the police.And private security is a huge industry in South Africa.
 

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Is South Africa segregated? I’ve seen pictures of areas with 95% whites and very little if not any blacks and vice versa. Does this amount to the crime? From these videos I can see that South Africa does seem quite modern, maybe because the videos are in certain well off areas, however what are the reasons for the crime, is it high unemployment Or something else?
 

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Is South Africa segregated? I’ve seen pictures of areas with 95% whites and very little if not any blacks and vice versa. Does this amount to the crime? From these videos I can see that South Africa does seem quite modern, maybe because the videos are in certain well off areas, however what are the reasons for the crime, is it high unemployment Or something else?
The reason of crime is varied even people who are employed turn to criminal activities.South Africa has one of the most extensive welfare programs in the world but still people turn to a life of crime.
 

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