Malaysia at the forefront of the global Islamic tourism industry

Published on : Thursday, November 16, 2017

Islamic tourism industryMalaysia is at the front position of the global Islamic tourism industry, which is expanding at a steady rate and is estimated to be worth USD220 billion (RM950 billion) by 2020.

The country’s Deputy Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin said that apart from international recognitions, Malaysia has also become the point of reference for many countries in their development of the Muslim tourism sector.

To quote the minister, “Since 2011, Malaysia has been recognised as the top holiday destination for Muslim tourists from around the world. Tourism players from around the world referred to Malaysia when developing an Islamic tourism framework in their respective countries. With an estimated 1.6 billion Muslim population globally, many countries are trying to emulate Malaysia in their bid to capture the halal tourism market,”
Earlier this year, Malaysia was named the most popular destination for Muslim travellers for the third year at the MasterCard’s Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2017.

Malaysia was also named as the top destination for Muslim travellers for four consecutive years from 2011. Several criteria were taken into consideration in the survey including the availability of halal food, access to prayer facilities, Muslim friendly services in hotels as well as the country’s security and stability.

Ermieyati said this is the fifth TN50 dialogue organized by the ministry for the tourism and culture cluster.

“We want to hear the aspirations of the people in Sarawak. We believe they have a lot of things to say not only on tourism but also on the preservation of our culture in the next 30 years,” she said.

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