The Jakarta Post
Arief stressed the importance of halal tourism certification to guarantee the halal status of a tourism product or player. (Shutterstock.com/File)
The Tourism Ministry is currently preparing a guide to further develop halal-standard tourism in the archipelago.
“We're optimistic that the guide will help accelerate the growth of halal tourism in Indonesia as we must follow standard strategies like good service and pricing that are globally implemented,” said Tourism Minister Arief Yahya in a statement as quoted by Antara news agency on Wednesday.
The halal tourism guide is said to be based on the best global tourism standards and covers four sectors, namely destination, marketing, industry and institution.
Arief stressed the importance of halal tourism certification to guarantee the halal status of a tourism product or player.
"For starters, there will be four business sectors that will be certified, namely culinary, hotel, travel agency and spa," he said, adding that Indonesia had huge potential in halal tourism, however, not many regions have embraced it.
"Indonesia's majority population is Muslim hence some say such certification is not needed. However we need one to apply halal standards that will push other parties to improve their quality as well," he said, adding that overseas Muslim tourists currently only accounted for 20 percent of arrivals, with neighboring Singapore welcoming a higher proportion than that. (ayr/kes)
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