Thailand launches app that guides Muslim tourists to prayer halls and halal meat

A smartphone app launched in Thailand will help Muslim tourists find hotels and shopping centres with prayer rooms and halal meat.

The new app will be available on Google Inc’s Android and Apple Inc’s iOS systems, the Tourism Authority of Thailand said in a statement.

The search and navigation features cater to the Muslim traveler’s needs.

Thailand was ranked the second most popular place for Muslim travelers to visit in the world after Singapore by the Global Muslim Travel Index in 2015. “We believe this is because we have the required range of products and services for Muslim travelers,” said the tourism authority spokesperson.

The tourism authority of the country believes the app will boost the industry recovering from the 2014 coup.

The app is available in English and Thai but will soon include Arabic and Bahasa Indonesia.

Tourism makes up 10% of its revenue. Thailand expects a record 29.5 million tourists this year, up 19% from 2014, its tourism council said.

*This article was originally published on International Business Times on 1 July 2015. Read the original article here.

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