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More Malaysian tourists are expected in France next year

Lyslie Legendre - 26-juil.-2017 04:50:49
The France Tourism Development Agency (Atout France) is expecting South East Asian tourist arrival to pick up early next year, supported by the strengthening of the Asian currency against the euro. Atout France regional director for ASEAN, Morad Tayebi said the tourist arrival from this region, especially Malaysia, had dropped about 20 per cent last year as compared to 2015. "The weakening of Asian currencies against the euro has badly hit the tourism sector, especially tourists from Malaysia, having dropped to 120,000 last year as compared to 150,000 arrivals in 2015," he told reporters during a media luncheon and briefing here Thursday. He said another factor which affected the tourism sector in France was the terrorism factor which not only hit Paris but the entire European countries as well. However, Morad added, Atout France would be focusing on halal tourism next year, expected to contribute about eight million on overall tourist arrival. He urged Muslim tourists not to worry about the halal food in France as the country had the largest Muslim population in Europe, attributing to about six million. "Last year, we reported about 83 million tourist arrivals, including about 10 per cent Muslim tourists. "Next year, we plan to focus on halal tourism in order to increase the number of tourist arrivals, not only from Middle Eastern countries but also South East Asian countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand," said Morad.   He stressed that most five-star rated hotels in France offered halal menu while their rooms displayed ’qibla’ direction and were equipped with prayer room. -- BERNAMA Source : www.english.astroawani.com/malaysia-news/france-eyeing-increased-tourist-arrival-malaysia-next-year-149158 

Langkawi Cosmetic Island: a cluster development between Bioeconomy Corp and the France-based industry association, Cosmetic Valley

Niki CHEVIGNARD - 15-juin-2016 06:43:47
  Bioeconomy Corp (previously known as Biotech Corp) and Cosmetic Valley plan to develop the first cosmetics cluster in ASEAN. Named Langkawi Cosmetic Island (LCI), the project is estimated to cost up to RM 500 million and will start at the end of the year. Entirely devoted to bio-cosmeceuticals and wellness industries, this 300ha site will gather facilities that can cater for a variety of purposes, including manufacturing, packaging, formulation, product development as well as plantations of high-value ingredients.   With this partnership Malaysia is expected to become a leading actor in ASEAN as a raw material, halal beauty products and herbal cosmetics manufacturer. It aims for collaborative research, development and innovation activities between French and Malaysian SMEs, contributing to the global cosmetics market. Through this major program, more than 5 000 jobs will be created by 2020.   (Sources : The SunDaily, New Straits Times)  

Visit from JAKIM’s Halal Hub Division to UBIFRANCE Malaysia

Rafizah MAZLAN - 20-févr.-2014 04:21:41
On the 7th of February 2014, the UBIFRANCE Kuala Lumpur office was honored to welcome a delegation from the Department of Islam Development Malaysia (JAKIM) - Halal Hub Division. The delegation consisted of two officials,  Mr Mohd Suhaimi Yusoff, Senior Assitant Director and Mrs. Wahidah Noorshikin Jamaruddin Assistant Director of Hub Halal Dvision. An information session on the Malaysian Halal regulations was held during this visit, whereby a presentation on Halal and various functions of JAKIM’s Halal Hub Divsion was given to the Trade Advisors at UBIFRANCE. They also shed some light on the processes involved in obtaining the Halal certification, as well as related issues and case studies. The visit was a successful exercise in strengthening the bilateral relations between France and Malaysia. Please contact kevin.wong@ubifrance.fr for futher information. 

French Pavilion at MIHAS

Suzanne MAGAR - 19-avr.-2013 08:27:23
The 10th MIHAS showcase 2013, the Malaysia International Halal Showcase, was held from April 3 to 6 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. MIHAS is the world’s flagship Halal trade fair with over 500 exhibition booths from over 30 countries. The event incorporated the notion of halal in all aspects right from halal food and drinks, cosmetics & health care, herbal products & pharmaceuticals to halal logistic. Themed “Embracing the Global Halal Market”, MIHAS 2013 presented good opportunities for French businesses to tap into the growing halal market A French Pavilion with 8 companies had taken place for the fourth time at this 10th MIHAS edition. Amongst these companies, Maison Honoré de Faubourg with its non-alcoholic drinks «1688»; Laboratoires HLL, which provides a wide range of food supplements; NS Lab which presented an new range of Halal and organic health food and feed products; SVA Jean Rozé Group, one of the biggest market leader in the French meat industry; SN Favid, specialized in the processing of poultry meats (chicken, turkey, duck); Port of Marseille Fos, one of the leader in the halal logistic and Raviseine, the premier French brand of alcohol-free perfumes. Based on the statistics from the International Halal SME Report Directory 2011/12, the average French Muslim household has one of the highest disposable incomes in Europe, spending approximately US$19.5 billion a year on food and non-alcoholic beverages, with only the Muslims in Germany spending higher at US$20.5 billion a year, while Muslims in the UK spend US$8 billion a year on Halal food. The French Pavilion, right at the entrance of the exhibition, received the visit from many Malaysian and international professionals as well as VIP including the Malaysian Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) Dato’  Mukhriz. Mahathir.

MIHAS 2012: Exporters of Halal products from France

Suzanne MAGAR - 16-avr.-2012 11:39:20
The 9th MIHAS showcase 2012, Malaysia International Halal Showcase, was held from April 4 to 7 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. MIHAS is the world’s flagship Halal trade fair with over 500 exhibition booths from over 30 countries. The event incorporated the notion of halal in all aspects right from halal food and drinks, cosmetics & health care, herbal products & pharmaceuticals to halal logistic. Themed “Embracing the Global Halal Market”, MIHAS 2012 presented good opportunities for French businesses to tap into the growing halal market. Based on the statistics from the International Halal SME Report Directory 2011/12, the average French Muslim household has one of the highest disposable incomes in Europe, spending approximately US$19.5 billion a year on food and non-alcoholic beverages, with only the Muslims in Germany spending higher at US$20.5 billion a year, while Muslims in the UK spend US$8 billion a year on Halal food. Since inception in 2004, MIHAS has registered over US$2 billion in total sales, drawing over 20,000 trade visitors from 70 countries annually. A French Pavilion with seven companies had taken place for the third time in the 9 th MIHAS edition. Amongst these companies, Maison Honoré de faubourg with its non-alcoholic drinks «1688»; Terroir Halal, which provides a wide variety of artisan fine cold cuts; Cargo-Partner, international and independent halal logistics supplier; SVA Jean rozé Group, one of the biggest market leader in the French meat industry; Bayle, manufacturer of equipment for the Poultry Processing Industry; Port of Marseille Fos, one of the leader in the halal logistic and Amand Bianic SA, famous French seafood terrines producer.   The French Pavillon, at the entrance of the exhibition, received the visit from many Malaysian and international professionals. The Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, and his vice-minister Dato’ Mukhriz’ Tun Mahathir, appreciated the mobilization and the quality of the French representation on this International Halal showcase.  
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Welcome to the French Trade Commission – Business France office in Malaysia! “Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program. Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners.” As a member of the French diplomatic network in Malaysia, Business France’s three missions are: - Fostering export growth by French businesses. - Promoting and facilitating international investment in France.

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