By: Atika Denan Lee | Images By: TamuAsia | Photographer : Denan Lee
Hong Kong has been home to a vibrant Muslim community for more than a century, ever since it was first opened as a trading port. Today, there are an estimated 220,000 Muslims amidst Hong Kong’s seven-million population. Muslim visitors will feel welcome from the moment they enter the territory, without having to worry on performing their daily religious routine, dining and shopping. There is also a range of restaurants throughout the city that serve Halal food, with the Halal Restaurant Certificate issued by the Incorporated Trustees of the Islamic Community Fund of Hong Kong.
In its ongoing effort to attract the increasing number of global Muslim tourists, the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) recently hosted a Familiarisation Trip (FAM Trip) for Malaysian travel agents & media with the Malaysian Association of Tour & Travel Agents (MATTA) – Kuala Lumpur Chapter and Hong Kong tour operator, Uni Asia Tours, to update and showcase Hong Kong’s Muslim-friendly tourism products to the tour agents and media. About 20 travel agents and 10 media personnel participated in this FAM trip.
Among Hong Kong attractions that participated were Hong Kong Disneyland, Ocean Park Hong Kong, Regal Airport Hotel, Ngong Ping 360, Harbour Cruise Bauhinia, Dorsett Tsuen Wan Hotel, Royal Plaza Hotel, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, Trick Eye Museum, Harbour Plaza 8 Degree Hotel, Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck and Regal Oriental Hotel.
The FAM Trip aimed to both provide the Malaysian tour agents a better understanding of the Muslim-friendly facilities in Hong Kong and also to share insights to assist the Hong Kong side to understand and cater to their Muslim clients’ needs for mutual benefit.
In this trip, MATTA is giving its support to the Hong Kong Tourism Board to build close relationships between Malaysia and Hong Kong in tourism, and will support the HKTB’s initiatives to promote Hong Kong as a world- class tourist destination especially among Malaysians.
The four-day three-night programme was filled with various activities and the group visited some of Hong Kong’s top tourist draws. The FAM group stayed at the hotel for one night before leaving for Hong Kong International Airport for departure to Kuala Lumpur.
Being able to travel to Hong Kong recently, for a four-day three-night stay was an eye-opener for us, the travel agents and the media as Muslims today form an integral part of the international community, and with the Islamic tourist initiatives and facilities shown Hong Kong Tourism Board are confident to cater to the growing number of Muslim visitors.
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