FROM THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL’S DESK

June 23, 2021    13:15:14
Bismillahirrahmanirrahim. In the name of Allah The All-Compassionate, All-Merciful. Assalamualaikum WHB (May Peace Be Upon You) from Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC) in Malaysia.  Before I begin, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude for being able to pen down a few words for this Director-General’s note.  As ...

ITC CHAIRMAN’S SPECIAL MESSAGE

June 23, 2021    13:14:08
Bismillahirrahmanirrahim. In the name of Allah The All-Compassionate, All-Merciful. Assalamualaikum WHB (May Peace Be Upon You) and greetings from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture Malaysia (MOTAC). I am pleased to share that on 22 June 2021, ITC turned 12 years old -- a much rewarding journey in developing Malaysia ...

FROM THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL’S DESK

June 22, 2021    16:11:26
Bismillahirrahmanirrahim. In the name of Allah The All-Compassionate, All-Merciful. Assalamualaikum WHB (May Peace Be Upon You) from Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC) in Malaysia. Alhamdulillah, Islamic Tourism Centre set out to build Malaysia’s tourism industry in Islamic Tourism in 2009, and today, 12 years later, we see the fruits of our labour ...

ITC IN THE SPOTLIGHT: AIMING TO BUILD RESILIENCE

June 3, 2021    15:07:10
Read the cover story in @Halal Magazine on Islamic Tourism Centre where its Director-General talks about the need for inclusivity among industry players to develop Islamic tourism and Muslim-friend tourism and hospitality by catering to the needs and interests of this niche market.

ITC IN THE SPOTLIGHT: GENTING TOURISM MARKET TO MOUNT BY Q3

June 3, 2021    15:07:05
Read the story in @Halal Magazine on ITC’s MFAR hotel, Grand Ion Delemen Hotel Genting Highlands, driven to create a better Shariah-compliant environment in the well-known Malaysian highland destination, while projecting the Muslim travel market there to surge and hit its peak by the end of 2021

ITC IN THE SPOTLIGHT: REVAMP THE LOCAL TOURISM CAMPAIGNS

June 3, 2021    15:07:00
Read the story in @Halal Magazine on ITC’s MFAR hotel, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang, which posits that the process of rebuilding the Muslim travel market should begin domestically, with a positive mindset, by leveraging on campaigns and activities

ITC IN THE SPOTLIGHT: MUSLIM-FRIENDLY MARKET IS THE NEXT CHINA MARKET

June 3, 2021    15:06:55
Read the story in @Halal Magazine on Muslim travel research firm Pear Anderson, which believes that the Muslim travel market is not just the element that fills the gap in tourism, but it will be the next China market given its diverse prospects, geography and demography

ITC IN THE SPOTLIGHT: NO ISSUE TO BE MUSLIM-FRIENDLY

June 3, 2021    15:06:51
Read the story in @Halal Magazine on ITC’s MFAR hotel, Pullman Kuching, which is riding on a wave of positive feedback courtesy of its receipt of the recognition by ITC as it has raised trust among its customers, particularly, Muslim tourists, and is driven to further improve its efforts ...

ITC IN THE SPOTLIGHT: TOURISM INDUSTRY NEEDS TO PLAN AHEAD

June 3, 2021    15:06:44
Read the write-up in @Halal Magazine by the Director-General of ITC, who pens down his thoughts on the road ahead for the tourism industry globally, and the role Islamic tourism and Muslim-friendly tourism and hospitality plays to create a more sustainable tourism industry

ITC IN THE SPOTLIGHT: MFAR LOGO, A MARK FOR ‘MUSLIM-FRIENDLY’ FACILITIES

June 3, 2021    15:06:35
Read the story in @Halal Magazine on the launch of ITC’s initiative, the Muslim-friendly Accommodation Recognition (MFAR), regarded as the essence towards providing more significant Muslim-friendly infrastructures and facilities targetted for the Muslim-travel market

FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK

June 1, 2021    21:00:03
Assalamualaikum and greetings to all!  Allow me to begin by wishing everyone an Eid Mubarak 1442 AH! I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to be able to pen down a few words for this editor’s note.

ITC IN THE SPOTLIGHT: 10 ON 10 WITH ISLAMIC TOURISM CENTRE

May 20, 2021    16:04:04
Read the exclusive interview between Gaya Travel Magazine and the Director-General of Islamic Tourism Centre to learn why ITC has taken a great interest in championing the development of Islamic tourism to cater to this high-value market segment.

DEVELOPING MOSQUES AS A TOURIST ATTRACTION IN MALAYSIA

March 22, 2021    16:14:09
In recent years, Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC) has keenly observed the growing interest in mosque tourism. Mosques have become an attraction in themselves drawing interest from both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

SUNWAY HOTELS & RESORTS STRENGTHENS MUSLIM-FRIENDLY HOSPITALITY WITH MFAR RECOGNITION

February 11, 2021    11:52:11
Established property, lifestyle, and hospitality brand, Sunway Hotels & Resorts, was among the first to apply for Islamic Tourism Centre’s (ITC) Muslim-friendly Accommodation Recognition (MFAR) programme in 2020. Today, three of its properties in Sunway City Kuala Lumpur, namely Sunway Resort, Sunway Pyramid Hotel, and Sunway Clio Hotel, have ...

MALAYSIA’S NATIONAL TOURISM POLICY: FOCUS ON RECOVERY, CONNECTIONS, AND SUSTAINABILITY

February 11, 2021    11:49:23
In late December 2020, the Prime Minister of Malaysia launched Malaysia’s National Tourism Policy 2020-2030, giving concrete direction for the future of Malaysia’s tourism industry over the next ten years. In his speech, the Prime Minister emphasised the importance of recovery, connections, and sustainability. In the challenging period that we ...

TRAINING TOURIST GUIDES TO SAVE LIVES

February 11, 2021    11:46:37
If you’re a guide leading a group of international tourists on an excursion, what would you do if an accident happened, putting one of your charges in a life or death situation? Would you know exactly what to do? With this in mind, Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC) organised a basic ...

ITC PUBLISHES ENRICHED KNOWLEDGE OF ISLAMIC TOURISM IN 2020 JOURNAL

February 11, 2021    11:38:52
Despite the challenging pandemic situation we all faced last year which extends till today, Islamic Tourism Centre has published the third volume of the Islamic Tourism Journal. We are pleased that we could honour our annual initiative to enrich the knowledge base surrounding the concept of Islamic tourism and Muslim-friendly ...

FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK

January 21, 2021    17:22:58
How fast time flies! We are now in the year 2021 after enduring a very challenging 2020. Many industries were affected by the pandemic, and the global tourism economy, unfortunately, was not spared either.  According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, international tourist arrivals declined by 72 per cent ...