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More restaurants earn Halal certifications
【Society】2015-05-23  22:02:00
Taipei, May 23 (CNA) The 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 percent from 2013, and the bureau estimated that the number could grow by 10 percent 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.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Lilian Wu)
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