Tourism Ministry prepares guide on halal tourism

The Jakarta Post | July 01, 2019

The Tourism Ministry is currently preparing a guide to further develop halal-standard tourism in the archipelago.We are optimistic that the guide will help accelerate the growth of halal tourism in Indonesia as we must follow standard strategies like good service and pricing that are globally implemented, said Tourism Minister Arief Yahya in a statement as quoted by Antara news agency on Wednesday.The halal tourism guide is said to be based on the best global tourism standards and covers four sectors, namely destination, marketing, industry and institution.

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Despite new technology allowing for free international calls and video conferencing, business travel is still an integral part of corporate life. A recent survey by Travelodge found that over half of employees in Britain say they regularly travel for business, with a third saying they take 50% more business trips than they have previously.

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Despite new technology allowing for free international calls and video conferencing, business travel is still an integral part of corporate life. A recent survey by Travelodge found that over half of employees in Britain say they regularly travel for business, with a third saying they take 50% more business trips than they have previously.

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RedAwning | November 21, 2022

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