The Halal-friendly tourism industry is the fastest growing global travel sector. For observant muslims looking for a package holiday in the sun, the halal holiday market fits their religious requirements of piety. Halal friendly hotels and resorts are increasingly prevalent in Turkey, with half of the world’s halal hotels located in the country.
Halal hotels don’t allow alcohol on site, serve only halal meals, have gender segregated swimming pools, spas, gyms, and beach areas, and require a modest dress code for women in common areas.
Halal friendly resorts also offer on site prayer and mosque facilities, and have erected large screens and walls to ensure the female-only areas can’t be seen by anyone in the hotel, or even by those at sea, guaranteeing 100% privacy.
Popular mostly with a combination of European Muslims and Turks, the resorts capitalise on the ostracising feeling many observant Muslims have on a regular package beach holiday.