Islamic tourism warmly welcomed in Sri Lanka as sector reports significant growth worldwide


Islamic tourists are being warmly welcomed across the world, not least in Sri Lanka, which is home a sizeable Muslim community throughout the island.

The RS-Tech website reports that “Muslims seems to be supercharged with their travel spending on Islamic tourism, youngsters around the globe are expected to double their spending on travel in the forthcoming years.”

Its says that “Halal travel, as the name indicates, is focused on Muslim travel and tourism which provides Muslim-friendly facilities such as prayer rooms, halal food outlets and many other, airports, restaurants and hotels are seeking to provide those facilities in order to expand Islamic tourism industry.”

Quoting a recent study, RS-Tech notes that the young generation of Muslims “tend to travel more as consumers with more disposable income are looking for more exotic experiences and far-flung destinations”.

During 2016, $55 billion was spent by young Muslims on travel, while “the figures on spending are expected to grow to $100 billion by 2025 and $300 by 2026 respectively according to the study.

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Meanwhile, CrescentRating, the world’s leading authority on halal-friendly travel, has published a report headlined ‘Developing Halal Tourism in Sri Lanka: Critical Challenges and Opportunities Ahead’.

It says: “Establishing Halal tourism is pertinent to the local industry in order to attract Muslim tourists. Muslim tourists are one of the fastest growing travel segments in the world and thus it is worth paying attention to.

“The tourism industry is highly competitive and innovation in terms of Halal tourism is crucial to the economy. One of the best adoptions we could adhere to is to make the destination Muslim-friendly.”

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