More restaurants in Taiwan gain Halal certification

Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau said several restaurants, including some in Taipei 101, the National Palace Museum and scenic Sun Moon Lake have earned Halal certification.

The bureau said in a news conference on Friday that 24 restaurants recently received certification from the Chinese Muslim Association, bringing the total number with Halal certification in Taiwan to 70.

The growing number of Halal restaurants will make it more convenient for Muslim visitors to travel to Taiwan, the bureau said.

There are nearly 2 billion Muslims in the world, and they are being wooed as potential tourist by many countries in the world, the bureau said.

Muslims made about 180,000 visits to Taiwan last year, up 12.5% from 2013, and the bureau estimated that the number could grow by 10% this year.

Aside from pushing for more Halal-certified restaurants in the country, the bureau is also trying to set up prayer rooms in tourist service centers and transportation stops to create an environment more friendly to Muslim visitors.

*This article was originally published on Want China Times on 24 May 2015. Read the original article here.