Academic offers enrich the Halal Tourism Conference in Izmir

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The second day of the Third International Conference on Halal Tourism, held in the state of Izmir, western Turkey, witnessed academic scientific presentations on the importance of halal tourism and the extent of progress achieved in this field.

The activities of the third edition of the Halal Tourism Conference kicked off on Friday at a hotel in the Sefrihisar area of Izmir.

The conference embraces representatives of halal tourism aimed at meeting the accommodation, travel and holiday needs of Muslims in accordance with Islamic rules and beliefs.

The conference is organized in cooperation between the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), Afyon Kocatepe University, the International Halal Tourism Association, the Association of Independent Businessmen and Industrialists (MUSIAD), the Halal Certification Agency, and the Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries.

On the second day of the conference, 124 researchers from 55 universities in 24 countries presented 72 scientific studies on the institutional infrastructure for halal tourism, improving service quality, standardization, and development models.

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The President of Afyon Kocatepe University, Professor Mehmet Karakaş, said that through the conference they want to raise the level of awareness about halal tourism and that they have come a long way in this regard.

Karakaş pointed out that there is great interest in halal tourism, and that the conference is witnessing the participation of about 300 individuals specialized in the tourism and academic fields from 40 countries.

He stressed that halal tourism is not an independent field in itself, but rather other related phenomena must be taken into account.

For his part, the head of the Halal Certification Agency, Zafar Soylu, said that the conference aims to highlight the potential of “Muslim-friendly tourism” in Turkey.

Soylu pointed out that Turkey believes it is necessary to use the standards of the Institute of Standardization and Metrology for Islamic Countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

He explained that Turkey is considered one of the most active and pioneering countries in the field of halal tourism.

The Third International Halal Tourism Conference is scheduled to conclude its activities on Sunday with a tour to the ancient city of Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary in Izmir.