The Jakarta Post
Baiturrahman Grand Mosque in Aceh, one of the halal tourism destinations in Indonesia. (Shutterstock/File)
Most Muslim tourists may have encountered difficulties finding halal food or places to pray when going on holiday or business trips. Halal Local, a marketplace containing halal tourism products has an answer for this very problem.
With the app, users can find restaurants that serve halal food, accommodations with praying spaces for Muslims and the nearest mosques to users’ locations.
Users are also able to book hotels and reserve a table in the restaurants listed in the app. Halal Local also provides halal tour services, not only in Indonesia, but also in other countries.
Akhmad Syaiful Nasrullah, co-founder of Halal Local told Antara news agency: “We collect data from the Indonesian diaspora abroad, and also from halal councils in other countries.”
He added that the app currently has 40,000 listings of halal restaurants, hotels and homestays. In Indonesia, Lombok is still the most popular halal tourism destination, followed by Bandung.
“In the past, Arabian tourists used to go to Puncak [West Java] for leisure, but now they also know we have Lombok and Bandung,” Akhmad said.
Currently, 80 percent of the halal tourism app is still dominated by local tourists, but Akhmad hopes it can be used by Muslims around the world.
The app is available for Android users in Google Play, while the iOS version is slated to be released in July. (asw)