The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) on Friday inaugurated the Taiwan Halal Center as the country seeks to attract more Muslim travelers.
The center is part of the government’s New Southbound policy. The policy seeks closer ties with ASEAN member countries, as well as India, Australia and New Zealand.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vice Economics Minister Wang Mei-hua said she hopes the center will make Taiwan’s halal products known to Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
Wang also talked about the importance of creating a Muslim-friendly living environment in Taiwan.
“When it comes to accommodation, I know that some hotels prepare prayer rugs for [Muslims]. It’s something very important because [it shows that Taiwan] offers a good environment for people coming from another culture. [We hope Muslims] visiting Taiwan will feel fully respected and they will find the service thoughtful," said Wang.
There are about 500,000 Muslims living in Taiwan. The country has also seen an increasing number of Muslim tourists over the years.