Dec 19, 2013

    Firm here launches travel site for Muslims

    A NEW website for Muslim travellers - which includes a global directory of halal restaurants and dedicated city guides - was launched yesterday

    , in a bid to capitalise on the growing number of Muslim tourists.

    Singapore-based firm Crescentrating said the site,, offers a wide range of features for tourists wishing to travel in accordance with the rules of Islam.

    "It is the world's first full-featured travel-booking website for Muslim travellers," Crescentrating chief executive Fazal Bahardeen said, adding that the industry had been lacking a dedicated travel-booking site catering to the needs of Muslim tourists.

    Spending by Muslim travellers is estimated to reach US$200 billion (S$252 billion) by 2020, up from US$126 billion in 2011, according to the company's chief operating officer, Mr Dany Bolduc.

    Crescentrating acquired from its Austrian owner in June and has relaunched it with new features, including booking facilities for nearly 400,000 hotels, as well as airline and tour packages. The site previously allowed bookings for only 1,000 hotels.