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Published on : Monday, July 31, 2017
The Indonesian westernmost province of Aceh continues to develop halal tourism in an effort to become a world-class tourism destination. It also won prizes in the National Halal Tourism Competition (KPHN). In September 2016, the province won three awards in the categories of Muslim Friendly Airport, given to Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport in Banda Aceh, as well as best Muslim friendly cultural destination, and best tourist attraction for Baiturrahman Grand Mosque.
It aims to develop halal tourism and improve its tourism industry to meet its 3As – Amenity, Accessibility, and Attraction. The Ministry of Tourism Indonesia has decided to promote the provinces of West Nusa Tenggara, West Sumatra, Jakarta, West Java, and Aceh as halal tourism destinations. Development of halal tourism is for attracting tourists from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, China, Russia, Germany, France and the UK, which have considerable Muslim population. Hence, the development of halal tourism in Sabang, Aceh Province, is supported by Indonesian Maritime Pilots Association (Inampa) President Parsoroan Herman Harinanja to improve the economy of people in the region.
Accordingly, the Sabang Regional Management Board is also taking steps to make the region an international tourism destination in Aceh Province. The number of foreign tourist arrivals in Sabang has grown steadily, and new tourist attractions must be developed there to make the area a world-class tourist destination. In addition, various arts, cultural, sports, and other events hosted by the city must be propagated to attract foreign tourists visiting Sabang.
The target of Aceh province this year is to receive one million foreign tourists in Sabang, especially in the beautiful Weh Island.