Jakarta, 12 Rajab 1435/11 May 2014 (MINA) –   Tourism industry officials and executives from 57 countries of the Islamic world and beyond are to meet in Jakarta between 2-3 June 2014 for the first International Forum on Islamic Tourism.

It is being organised by the Indonesia Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy in line with the commitment made at eighth Islamic Tourism Ministers meeting on 6 December 2013 in Banjul, Gambia.

This is a great potential for Indonesia to foster economic development here, especially in the field of sharia economy. Indonesia could also  recognize its diversity tourism for tourists attraction.

Delegates will also discuss the policies and strategies for integrating Islamic values in tourism activities, identify ways to develop and deliver products and services in line with Islamic values, and help Islamic destinations and companies sharpen their branding & positioning strategies, Travel Impact Newswire reported.

The global population of an estimated 1.4 billion people Muslims living in a huge trans-continental swathe of territory from Morocco to Mindanao is witnessing significant growth in travellers as well as changes in preferences and trends. Issues raised at meetings of Islamic tourism ministers over the years include the need to strengthen intra-Islamic travel as a means of combating racial profiling, visa curbs and other forms of blatant discrimination being experienced by Muslim travellers worldwide.

According to a report issued by the Jeddah-based Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), tourism has emerged as one of the most important mechanisms for achieving socio-economic development and poverty alleviation in OIC Member States and a priority sector identified in the OIC Ten-Year Programme of Action.

The objectives of this event is to explain the magnitude of which tourism potential and to enhance cooperation Islamic advances of the OIC member countries. This event also is a way to ground the global movement of Islamic economics.(T/P03/P04)

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Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)

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