The Baiturrahman Grand Mosque in Banda Aceh. (Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Tourism)

Aceh Gears Up to Become Primary Destination of Halal Tourism

BY :DHANIA PUTRI SARAHTIKA

APRIL 05, 2017

Jakarta. The Ministry of Tourism continues to develop Aceh as the primary destination of halal tourism, with major investments in the province's infrastructure and human resources.

The ministry held technical meetings with government officials and industry players to discuss accelerating the developments at Permata Hati Hotel in Banda Aceh on Monday (03/04) and Tuesday.

Tazbir, secretary of the ministry's halal tourism development team, expressed his hope that the participants, including travel agents, owners of hotels, restaurants, spas, local airlines, and operators of Aceh's Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport, will all cooperate to achieve the goal as soon as possible.

"[The goal] includes preparing halal facilities and premium halal travel packages," he said.

The ministry will prioritize the regions of Banda Aceh, Aceh Besar, Sabang and the surrounding areas of Lake Laut Tawar.

Head of Aceh Tourism Board Reza Fahlevi said the plans must be supported with adequate human resources.

"We are going to introduce a tourism program at the Aceh Polytechnic," he said.

Members of the ministerial team also discussed preparing standards and guidelines for halal tourism enterprises, to which stakeholders concerned should adhere.

Minister Arief Yahya urged all players to join hands and speed up the whole process.

In 2015, Aceh hosted 1,5 million domestic and foreign visitors, around 50 percent more than in 2014.

Last year the province was named "World's Best Halal Cultural Destination and World's Best Airport for Halal Travelers" and won the World Halal Tourism Award 2016.

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