The forum is set for June 2-3.
“This is concrete action from the tourism ministers of OIC members meeting in Banjul, Gambia, on Dec. 6, 2013, as we want to further develop sharia tourism in OIC countries,” Tourism and Creative Economy Deputy Minister Sapta Nirwandar said in Jakarta on Monday as quoted by Antara news agency.
Sapta said sharia tourism was projected to continue to grow as Muslim populations were predicted to reach 2.2 billion – equal to 26.4 percent of the global population – by the end of 2030.
The Muslim population stood at 1.6 billion of a global population of 6.9 billion in 2012 .
“Through this forum, we want to strengthen sharia tourism’s position as one of keys to help support the global economy. We also want to promote sharia tourism destinations and products such as hotels, restaurants and spas,” he said.
According to the State of the Global Islamic Economy 2012 research conducted by Thomson Reuters, Muslims spent US$1.088 billion on halal food, equal to 16.6 percent of worldwide food spending. The figure is projected to increase to $1.626 billion in 2018.
Meanwhile, in the tour and travel sector, Muslims around the world spent $137 billion on travel, excluding haj and minor haj, throughout 2012, or 12.5 percent of travel spending across the globe. This figure is predicted to rise to $181 billion by the end of 2018.
4th June 2014 – Travel Daily Media
OIC Members Look to Boost Islamic Tourism
Member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) are considering ways of boosting Islamic Tourism during the 1st International Forum of the Organisation on Islamic Tourism in Jakarta. The forum is attended by representatives of 27 OIC member states, relevant institutions, private sector and civil society organisations.
OIC secretary-general, Iyad Ameen Madani in a message delivered on his behalf by OIC assistant secretary-general for economic affairs, ambassador Hameed Opeloyeru, traced the significance of the forum on Islamic Tourism to consolidation of gains made in area of Islamic Finance and establishment of OIC Halal standards.
He explained that a major component of Islamic Tourism was development of Shariah-compliant hotels and resorts, entertainment and sport facilities, in addition to visits to Islamic cultural sites, promotion of Halal food and drinks, and family dedicated swimming and spa areas, among others.
The secretary-general expressed hope that outcome of the forum would increase awareness on opportunities available in Islamic tourism sector. This would therefore scale-up attractiveness of heritage and cultural tourism for ever-increasing population of Muslim travellers.