In an inspiring and informative speech at the Halal In Travel Global Summit 2023, Dr. Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy for Indonesia, shed light on the exponential growth of the halal tourism industry and emphasized the need for collaborative efforts among nations to elevate the experience for Muslim travelers worldwide.
The summit, organized by Mastercard and CrescentRating, brought together esteemed dignitaries and representatives from various countries to discuss the burgeoning market of halal travel and hospitality. Dr. Uno's talk commenced with a heartfelt expression of gratitude towards the ambassadors, fellow delegates, and organizers for gathering amid good health to celebrate the spirit of halal travel and its connection to the teachings of Rasulullah (SAW).
Highlighting the staggering rise of the global Muslim population, Dr. Uno pointed out that in 2021 there were 1.9 billion Muslims, a number expected to reach 2.2 billion by 2030, constituting approximately 26.4 percent of the world's population. With such a significant demographic, the global halal market has evolved beyond traditional focuses on food and food-related products. It now encompasses diverse sectors, including accommodations, cosmetics, health products, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices, resulting in a thriving halal industry.
Dr. Uno emphasized that the Muslim travel market substantially contributes to the global economy, with Muslim travelers' expenditures valued at around $102 billion in 2021. This number is projected to grow to an impressive $189 billion by 2025. Acknowledging the efforts of various individuals who have contributed significantly to the halal industry, he celebrated their dedication to its growth.
One of the key points of Dr. Uno's address was the emergence of religious tourism in Central Java, Indonesia. This trail allows travelers to explore how Islam spread throughout Indonesia not through occupations but via trade and travel. Dr. Uno expressed the importance of understanding that halal tourism is not merely an additional extension of services; instead, it aims to ensure a comfortable travel experience that enables Muslim travelers to practice their faith while exploring diverse destinations.
During his speech, Dr. Uno unveiled Indonesia's new halal tourism logo, which symbolizes the country's commitment to providing top-notch experiences for Muslim travelers. He expressed his appreciation to Mastercard and CrescentRating for acknowledging Indonesia's efforts by awarding them the prestigious number one spot at the Halal In Travel Global Summit.
Moreover, Dr. Uno encouraged greater cooperation and collaboration among nations in the halal tourism industry. He cited the example of his wife's current trip to Uzbekistan, highlighting the need to connect travel routes and experiences instead of competing for the same market. Dr. Uno envisioned a harmonious cluster of destinations that would not only attract 1.9 billion Muslim travelers but also appeal to those seeking high-quality and sustainable tourism.
The Halal In Travel Global Summit 2023 provided a platform for nations to unite and create a brighter, more inclusive future for halal travel. As Muslim populations continue to grow worldwide, Indonesia's Minister of Tourism's call for collaboration and innovation serves as a beacon of hope, promising transformative changes that will benefit travelers and communities alike. With shared efforts and a commitment to inclusivity, the halal tourism industry is set to soar to unprecedented levels, offering enriching experiences for Muslim and non-Muslim travelers alike.
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