Ireland is an amazing Isle of green vegetation, mountains, lakes, with a rich heritage of over 7000 years. The people are mostly friendly, inviting, kind, and Irish food is wonderful.
Ireland is ideally poised to make inroads into the market for Muslim tourists and and those seeking Muslim friendly medical care with many Muslim doctors gaining their medical education in Ireland.
Ireland's moderate climate can offer respite from searing temperatures that soar to the mid fifties Celsius. There are many hotels that are surplus with much surplus labour. Halal friendly hospitals could be developed to cater for Halal medical tourism.
This is a great opportunity that can restore a boom to Ireland's economy again withing a time frame of as little as a year.
The key lies in providing an environment which is rich enough to allow competitive comfort and luxury that not only rivals Western hotels, but equally sets a new global standard of quality yet conservative enough in taste while maintaining the aesthetic and spiritual balances and the etiquette so highly cherished by the Muslims.
A number of small details would make all the difference:
1.Provide authentic halal food and restaurants
2.Provide prayer areas in hotels, malls, etc
3.Restrict drinking to certain times and perhaps areas in Hotels
4.Segregated pools, segregated family sections etc.
6.Clean public toilets with proper cleansing facilities (water hose/bidet)
Islamic hotel branding, family travel and Muslim tourism will soon become a major growth sector in Europe. Ireland can steal a march on this market of 2 billion customers!
There are few western nations that are aware of the potential of Halal Friendly Health-care Tourism.
Tourism is the UK’s sixth largest industry, employing 1 in 11 of all people working in the UK and generating £115bn every year for the UK economy. And yet it rarely appears on the political radar.
One of the main reasons for this is that, unlike other industries, over 80% of the 249,000 tourism businesses in the UK employ less than 10 people. These small businesses are also spread right across the length and breadth of the UK, in every city, town, village and hamlet rather than being congregated together.
Yet,In 2011, inbound tourism revenue grew at over 5 times the rate of the
economy as a whole while it is estimated that domestic tourism revenue will end the year 14% higher than 2010.
In total, this is additional expenditure in the sector of £3.8bn – enough to generate 76,000 new jobs in 2011 alone.