Malaysia among top Mus­lim tourist des­ti­na­tions

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is still ranked among the top Mus­lim-friendly tourist des­ti­na­tions in the world, said Tourism and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Nazri Ab­dul Aziz.

He at­trib­uted this to the avail­abil­ity of many ha­lal-cer­ti­fied food out­lets, prayer fa­cil­i­ties, po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity and the warm hos­pi­tal­ity.

“Al­most one out of four tourist arrivals in Malaysia is a Mus­lim. Last year alone, we re­ceived some 5.2 mil­lion Mus­lim tourists,” said Nazri, whose speech was read by his deputy Datuk Mas Er­miey­ati Sam­sudin at the launch of the World Is­lamic Tourism Con­fer­ence and Expo 2016 yes­ter­day.

He at­trib­uted an­other key fac­tor to the govern­ment’s com­mit­ment to giv­ing pri­or­ity to the Mus­lim mar­ket.

Nazri pointed out the govern­ment’s first step was es­tab­lish­ing the Is­lamic Tourism Cen­tre in Fe­bru­ary 2009, aimed at de­vel­op­ing Is­lamic tourism in the coun­try.

“The min­istry has also been work­ing hard to im­prove the ser­vices pro­vided at all tourism fa­cil­i­ties to match the ex­pec­ta­tions of Mus­lim vis­i­tors,” he said, adding that the min­istry also fo­cused on non-Mus­lim trav­ellers who came to Malaysia to ex­pe­ri­ence the na­tion’s cul­tural di­ver­sity and nat­u­ral at­trac­tions.

On the expo, Mas Er­miey­ati said such events pro­vide great net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and ex­ten­sive knowl­edge which would fa­cil­i­tate smooth cre­ation and suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion of work­able strate­gies. – by Adrian Phung

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