The 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.