There were time, when Muslims from around the world were not very fond of holiday travel. If at all, it came to travel, it was for performing their obligatory duties of Hajj or Umrah or for employment purposes overseas. Then times changed and as more and more Muslims became well off and travelled to western countries, they started to travel for holidays as well.
Now, when the trend started, wherever they went, they were encountered with problems like mixed beaches, difficulty to find halal food and people in these holiday destinations used to stare at them for the kind of attire that they had on. This lead to quite a few problems and incidents and the fear was that this trend might get nipped in the bud. There were specially difficulties to find Halal food and travellers had a bad time instead of enjoying their trips.
However, gradually, the world responded to the idea of Muslim travellers having separate facilities to have fun in accordance with Shariah. Hotels and resorts in Muslim and non-Muslim world started to make separate arrangements for Muslim clientele and started to serve Halal food. This trend gradually got popular and reached a point where these hotels and resorts completely converted themselves into Muslim complaint places. This, in turn gave birth to a whole new industry called "Halal Tourism".
Muslims around the world have next to no problem finding a Halal hotel, Villa or resort to stay in an d enjoy with their family. Different websites, offering halal tourism have emerged in the last few years. These websites list halal hotels, thermal resorts, resorts, hotels, villas, city breaks and honeymoons that are completely Halal. These Halal holidays websites, offer other halal packages like Ramadan in Jerusalem, skiing holidays and almost any kind of holidays that any Muslim can think of.
Countries who are at the forefront of Halal tourism development and who have realised the potential most are Turkey, Jordan, Spain, Malaysia from the Muslim world, whereas travel agents in countries like Japan, China, Singapore and agents of lots of western countries are also devising packages to serve Muslim guests withcompliance to their needs.
Beach resorts are also waking up to the idea and resorts like Adenya Beach resort in Turkey are offering separate beaches for men and women, with women area safe from outside eye and with kids pools, halal food and separate spa facilities.
It is hoped that this trend will flourish more in the next few years and Muslims from around the world will be able to enjoy their holidays free of any tensions that are associated with holidaying in a non-Muslim environment.