Taiwan continued to improve its travel environment for Muslims last year, but caregivers in the country were still unable to attend weekly religious services due to their lack of time off, according to a US religion report released Wednesday.
The 2019 International Religious Freedom Report, released annually by the US State Department, cited the Chinese-Muslim Association as saying that Taiwan has continued its efforts to create a Muslim-friendly travel environment, Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA) reported.
Taiwan has increased “training, Muslim-friendly hotels and halal restaurants by 20 per cent annually,” the association said, which is why the country has become increasingly popular with Muslim tourists.
Other steps it has taken include building new prayer rooms in public spaces such as train stations, libraries and tourist destinations, the association said.
In addition, the Taiwan Adventist Hospital in Taipei has become the country’s first hospital to be halal certified, as part of a collaboration with the city government to boost medical tourism by making hospitals in the city more accommodating to Muslim visitors, it said. – BERNAMA