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Halal holiday in the sun
Hotels and resorts on Turkey's shores, featuring single-sex areas, halal food and no alcohol, are attracting Muslims looking for a 'halal', or Islamic-compliant, vacation.
TURKEY-TOURISM/HALAL
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May 23, 2018
Guests walk by the pool at Elvin Deluxe Hotel, a halal friendly holiday resort, in Alanya, Turkey. Turkey's...
ALANYA, Turkey
Guests walk by the pool at Elvin Deluxe Hotel, a halal friendly holiday resort, in Alanya
Guests walk by the pool at Elvin Deluxe Hotel, a halal friendly holiday resort, in Alanya, Turkey. Turkey's $26 billion tourism industry has been battered by security fears and political disputes in recent years but one corner of the market is quietly growing - beach holidays for conservative Muslims.

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TURKEY-TOURISM/HALAL
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May 23, 2018
Guests rest by the pool at Selge Beach Resort and Spa Hotel in Manavgat near Antalya, Turkey. Dozens...
MANAVGAT, Turkey
Guests rest by the pool at Selge Beach Resort and Spa Hotel, a halal friendly holiday resort, in Manavgat...
Guests rest by the pool at Selge Beach Resort and Spa Hotel in Manavgat near Antalya, Turkey. Dozens of hotels and resorts on Turkey's shores, featuring separate pools and beaches for men and women to meet religious strictures on modesty, are attracting families from Turkey, the Middle East and Muslim communities in the West.

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TURKEY-TOURISM/HALAL
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May 23, 2018
A hotel staffer walks past a shop at Elvin Deluxe Hotel in Alanya, Turkey. While still only accounting...
ALANYA, Turkey
A hotel staffer walks past a shop at Elvin Deluxe Hotel, a halal friendly holiday resort, in Alanya
A hotel staffer walks past a shop at Elvin Deluxe Hotel in Alanya, Turkey. While still only accounting for a small fraction of tourists, the market for "halal", or Islamic-compliant, holidays has shrugged off the turmoil and looks set for more growth.

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TURKEY-TOURISM/HALAL
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May 23, 2018
A copy of the Koran is seen in a room at Elvin Deluxe Hotel in Alanya, Turkey. "In the last couple of...
ALANYA, Turkey
A copy of the Koran is seen in a room at Elvin Deluxe Hotel, a halal friendly holiday resort, in Alanya...
A copy of the Koran is seen in a room at Elvin Deluxe Hotel in Alanya, Turkey. "In the last couple of years there was a boycott of Turkey as a tourism destination but we have seen halal-friendly tourism booming throughout this period," said Ufuk Secgin of halalbooking.com, which promotes international Islamic holidays. "Halal conscious travellers are more resilient. They are not easily scared by headlines," Secgin said, speaking over loud pop music at a men-only pool and water slides in Elvin Deluxe resort. The total number of tourist arrivals in Turkey dropped by a quarter to a 10-year low in 2016, hit by a failed coup, a wave of bomb attacks and a dispute with Moscow which kept millions of Russians away. It bounced back last year and the government expects 40 million visitors this year.



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TURKEY-TOURISM/HALAL
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May 23, 2018
Guests offer their noon prayers in a prayer room at Wome Deluxe Hotel in Alanya, Turkey. The total number...
ALANYA, Turkey
Guests offer their noon prayers in a prayer room at Wome Deluxe Hotel, a halal friendly holiday resort,...
Guests offer their noon prayers in a prayer room at Wome Deluxe Hotel in Alanya, Turkey. The total number of tourist arrivals in Turkey dropped by a quarter to a 10-year low in 2016, hit by a failed coup, a wave of bomb attacks and a dispute with Moscow which kept millions of Russians away. It bounced back last year and the government expects 40 million visitors this year.

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TURKEY-TOURISM/HALAL
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May 23, 2018
Guests enjoy the pool at Wome Deluxe Hotel in Alanya, Turkey. Only 60 or so hotels and resorts offer...
ALANYA, Turkey
Guests enjoy the pool at Wome Deluxe Hotel, a halal friendly holiday resort, in Alanya
Guests enjoy the pool at Wome Deluxe Hotel in Alanya, Turkey. Only 60 or so hotels and resorts offer halal-friendly breaks, out of many thousands of hotels across Turkey, but a report in November said Turkey has jumped four places to the third most popular destination for Islamic holidays, behind the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia.

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TURKEY-TOURISM/HALAL
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May 23, 2018
A guest sits next to a sign which shows the women's sections at Wome Deluxe Hotel in Alanya, Turkey....
ALANYA, Turkey
A guest sits next to a sign which shows the women's sections at Wome Deluxe Hotel, a halal friendly holiday...
A guest sits next to a sign which shows the women's sections at Wome Deluxe Hotel in Alanya, Turkey. In a sign of the popularity of the halal hotels, they were all fully booked in Turkey last year for the Eid al-Fitr holiday which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, unlike traditional hotels, according to the State of Global Islamic Economy Report prepared by Thomson Reuters and Dinar Standard. "Noting the consumer demand at the country's 60 halal hotels, Turkish hoteliers have started to diversify away from conventional tourism by focusing on this emerging segment."

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May 23, 2018
Yavuz Tanriverdi, a guest from Germany, enjoys the sea with his wife and daughter at Wome Deluxe Hotel...
ALANYA, Turkey
Yavuz Tanriverdi, a guest from Germany, enjoys the sea with his wife and daughter at Wome Deluxe Hotel,...
Yavuz Tanriverdi, a guest from Germany, enjoys the sea with his wife and daughter at Wome Deluxe Hotel in Alanya, Turkey. Yavuz Tanriverdi, born and raised in Germany, playing with his children on a mixed beach in Alanya said he came to Turkey because he wanted to fit in. "My wife wears a burqa covered bikini, for the people here it’s completely normal, in Germany it wouldn’t be that way," the 36-year-old father said. "Everyone looks at you as if you don't belong."

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TURKEY-TOURISM/HALAL
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May 23, 2018
Guests walk at Elvin Deluxe Hotel in Alanya, Turkey. In Alanya, a Mediterranean resort known for it wide...
ALANYA, Turkey
Guests walk at Elvin Deluxe Hotel, a halal friendly holiday resort, in Alanya
Guests walk at Elvin Deluxe Hotel in Alanya, Turkey. In Alanya, a Mediterranean resort known for it wide sandy beaches, halal hotels offer a Muslim prayer rug in every room, pools and beaches separately designated for men and women, and mixed areas of families. Food at the buffet meals is all halal, and alcohol is not served.

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TURKEY-TOURISM/HALAL
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May 23, 2018
Guests enjoy the pool at Wome Deluxe Hotel in Alanya, Turkey. At the Wome Deluxe hotel, women-only pools...
ALANYA, Turkey
Guests enjoy the pool at Wome Deluxe Hotel, a halal friendly holiday resort, in Alanya
Guests enjoy the pool at Wome Deluxe Hotel in Alanya, Turkey. At the Wome Deluxe hotel, women-only pools with female security guards and spa staff are shielded from outside view by large panels. Guests can only enter after handing in phones and cameras.

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TURKEY-TOURISM/HALAL
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May 23, 2018
Guests go swimming in the sea at Wome Deluxe Hotel in Alanya, Turkey. Many of those foreign guests are...
ALANYA, Turkey
Guests go swimming in the sea at Wome Deluxe Hotel, a halal friendly holiday resort, in Alanya
Guests go swimming in the sea at Wome Deluxe Hotel in Alanya, Turkey. Many of those foreign guests are Muslims from European countries, who say that the rise of right-wing and anti-immigrant sentiment has made them want to take holidays elsewhere. Moves by municipal authorities in France to ban the body-covering burkini swimwear also made them uncomfortable.

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TURKEY-TOURISM/HALAL
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May 23, 2018
A hotel staffer stands at the entrance of the women's section of the indoor pool at Elvin Deluxe Hotel...
ALANYA, Turkey
A hotel staffer stands at the entrance of the women's section of the indoor pool at Elvin Deluxe Hotel,...
A hotel staffer stands at the entrance of the women's section of the indoor pool at Elvin Deluxe Hotel in Alanya, Turkey. "There are prohibited activities for Muslim women in France, we can't go to beaches or swimming pools," Rihab Hassaine said, relaxing beside the covered women-only pool with her friends. "It is not possible to find this kind of holiday with a Muslim concept over there," Hassaine, from France, said sipping her soda in a bikini at a women's only pool in Alanya.

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