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Halal sector: Spain’s food and beverage market was estimated at $127 billion in 2015. The country’s 1.9 million Muslims contirbuted around $2.9 million to this total. This expenditure is expected to increase by 3 percent cumulative annual growth rate (CAGR) till 2020 to reach $3.5 billion. Naturally, there is an increasing demand for the availability of halal food.  

Spain is also the sixth largest exporter of meat and live animals to OIC member countries, valued at $436.7 million in 2015, according to ITC Trademap data.

The three largest export markets in 2015 were Algeria, which imported $52.5 million of meat and live animals, followed by Morocco, importing $21.7 million, and the UAE, importing $17.7 million.

Muslim-friendly travel: Spain’s halal food market caters to over 2 million Muslim tourists who visit the country every year. 

Spain was placed 9th by CrescentRating in its ranking of the top 10 non-OIC destinations on the Global Muslim Travel Index 2015. According to CrescentRating, Spain had an estimated 2.6 million Muslim arrivals in 2014, representing 4 percent of total arrivals in that year.

Spain has a rich Islamic history, having been ruled by Muslims between the 700s and 1500s. There are a number of mosques with historical significance dating back to the Middle Ages, including the Basharat Mosque, Mosque–Cathedral of Cordoba, King Abdul Aziz Mosque, and Mosque of Cristo de la Luz.

There are two hotel chains that have received halal certification from Spain’s leading certifier, Instituto Halal: Alanda Hotel Marbella and Melia Hotels International. 

Additionally, several Muslim-friendly travel agencies have been established in Spain. 

Founded in 2009, NurAndDuha was the first halal tourism services agency in Spain. It was endorsed by Instituto Halal to promote tourism in the country by tying Islamic heritage to Spanish history.

Al Andulas Experience provides Muslims with services including tours, transport, and halal catering reservations to discover the history of Andalusia.

Erentour is a local tour operator that blends historical cultures from East and West from the Middle Ages, with tours in Spain, Portugal and Morocco.

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Spain does not have a centralised national halal certifier. 

The country has a well-developed halal regulatory infrastructure with three certifiers: Cordoba-based Spanish Institute of Halal (Instituto Halal), Valencia-based Halal Food Quality, and Malaga-based Halal Consulting. Together, they certify over 300 companies, primarily those in the food sector but also a handful of hotels and cosmetics firms.

Instituto Halal is Spain’s largest certification body, certifying 272 companies as of end-April 2016, and is recognized by the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA).

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