Indonesia Wins 12 Top Prizes in World Halal Tourism Awards

11, Dec 2016 | Author: Embassy of Indonesia

Indonesia has received a massive boost in its halal tourism development after securing 12 out of 16 top prizes in World Halal Tourism Award 2016 held in Abu Dabi, Uni Arab Emirates.

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya noted that the of potential Indonesia’s halal tourism is huge.

“We have a rich halal tourism potential and it’s about lifestyle or business. It would be silly if business owners fail exploit the enormous potential,” he said yesterday in Jakarta, as quoted by Bisnis Indonesia.

The worth of world’s halal tourism market is expected to grow to US$180 million by 2020 from current standing of US$116 billion.

He went on to say that promotional efforts for halal tourism will be carried out more seriously. Arief’s ambition is to boost Indonesia’s position in the global muslim travel index (GMTI) from fourth to first by 2017.

“Next year, we have to dislodge Malaysia from first position. For next year’s WHTA, we will not give any chance for Malaysia to win [any award],” he said.

The Government has named three region as main halal tourism attractions, namely West Nusa Tenggara, Aceh and West Sumatra.

The Government will gradually develop other halal tourist destinations, namely Jakarta, Central Java, West Java, Yogyakarta, East Java, South Sulawesi, Riau & Riau Islands and Central Java.

Below are the 12 categories won by Indonesia in the World Halal Tourism Award in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

1. World’s Best Airline for Halal Travellers: Garuda Indonesia

2. World’s Best Airport for Halal Travellers: Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport (Aceh)

3. World’s Best Family Friendly Hotel: The Rhadana Kuta, Bali

4. World’s Most Luxurious Family Friendly Hotel: The Trans Luxury Hotel, Bandung

5. World’s Best Halal Beach Resort: Novotel Lombok Resort & Villas

6. World’s Best Halal Tour Operator: ERO Tour, West Sumatra

7. World’s Best Halal Travel Website : www.wonderfullomboksumbawa.com

8. World’s Best Halal Honeymoon Destination : Sembalun Valley Region, West Nusa Tenggara

9. World’s Best Hajj & Umrah Operator: ESQ Tours & Travel

10. World’s Best Halal Destination: West Sumatra

11. World’s Best Halal Culinary Destination: West Sumatra

12. World’s Best Halal Cultural Destination: Aceh

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