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Time for Indonesia to Develop Muslim Tourism

Time for Indonesia to Develop Muslim Tourism

Average growth rate of Muslims in the world reached 1.5 percent each year. It is seen as a great potential in the global tourism industry. This figure is based on the data from the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public Life, a respectable research institute of the world.

Still based on the same data, kosher food and beverage sector is the largest expenditure in the Muslim world. Figures expenditure in this sector reached 16.6 percent or 1,088 U.S. dollars and is expected to continue growing.

The above facts show that an Islamic Sharia tour has become a recognizable tourist industry in the world. Based on this facts, it seems that the future of Indonesian tourism will be adapting the concept of Islamic tourism.

The number of Muslims in Indonesia has reached 88.1 percent of the total population in the country. With that figure, the amount of expenditures for domestic Muslims tourism is Rp 142.3 trillion. Based on the data from year 2012 from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Indonesian Muslim tourism is in the fifth place in the world. Number one is Iran and the second is Saudi Arabia.

Indonesia will also host an international forum of Islam tourism or The First OIC International Forum on Islamic Tourism 2014. The event will be held at June 2-3, 2014. The forum will be fulfilled by 57 Islamic countries of the world. The name of the event is "Islamic Tourism: The Prospects and Challenges" or "Islamic Tourism: The Future and Challenges".

Updated : 2021-06-18 07:12 GMT+08:00