LAUNCHING OF ISLAMIC TOURISM JOURNAL AND CLOSING CEREMONY OF 2ND MINI SYMPOSIUM ON ISLAMIC TOURISMFollowing the successful organisation of the 1st Mini Symposium on Islamic Tourism on 14-15 April 2017, ITC had taken another initiative to launch the first ever Islamic Tourism Journal (ITJ). The First Edition of ITJ consist of six (6) Islamic tourism and Muslim-friendly tourism (MFT) themed papers that were presented at the symposium.
The Islamic tourism or MFT is a fast growing segment that has received immense interest from the industry. According to the State of the Global Economy Report 2017/2018, Muslim travellers spent a collective amount of USD 169 billion for tourism in 2016. The MFT segment witnessed a significant growth since the year 2000 with the recorded growth of USD 20 billion to an estimate of USD 283 billion in 2022.
In the Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) Report 2018 produced by Crescentrating and Mastercard, Malaysia maintained its top spot as the preferred destination for eight consecutive years. Being recognised as one of the most popular MFT destinations, Malaysia saw the need to further strengthen stakeholders’ engagement and this include platforms such as symposiums, seminars and publications. As of now, the literature, researches and publications on Islamic tourism and MFT is still at an infant stage as the segment is still evolving. In view of this, the publication of ITJ on a yearly basis would provide an avenue for stakeholders (academia and non-academia) to pen and share their findings and thoughts on a common platform.
For the 2nd Mini Symposium on Islamic Tourism held on 19 and 20 April 2018, fifteen (15) presenters presented their papers on various topics related to Islamic tourism and MFT. The presenters of the 2018 edition of the symposium were from Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Universiti Selangor (UNISEL), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), National University of Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), University of Technology Malaysia (UTM), and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). ITC hope to see more representatives from the industry players in the 3rd Symposium on Islamic Tourism scheduled for 2019.
The Islamic Tourism Journal was launched by the Secretary General of Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah at the Closing Ceremony of the 2nd Mini Symposium on Islamic Tourism on 20 April 2018.
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Issued by: Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC)
Date: 21 March 2018
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