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 ...

From the Director-General’s Desk

June 16, 2021    09:27:27
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 editor’s note.  As ...

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    21:01:30
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.

ITC WINS HALAL AWARD FOR STRENGTHENING BRANDING AND PARTNERSHIPS IN ISLAMIC TOURISM LANDSCAPE

May 7, 2021    08:51:37
The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) through its agency, Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC) received the Strategic Business Alliance Award at The BrandLaureate World Halal Best Brands E-Branding Awards 2021 yesterday, a recognition of its 12-year leadership in developing Islamic Tourism and Muslim-Friendly Tourism and Hospitality (MFTH) products ...

ITC PROMOTES A RESPONSIBLE ZIARAH THIS RAMADAN

May 6, 2021    12:32:28
In line with the month of Ramadan 1442H, Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC) today ran another one of its Ramadan SEED online webinars, “Ziarah Terdidik”, which places focus on the practise of responsible ziarah.

ITC SHOWS SUPPORT FOR WORLD #QURANHOUR 1442H

May 4, 2021    18:03:56
The month of Ramadan 1442H has entered its closing stages as Syawal approaches, and like previous years, the World #QuranHour returns on 6 May 2021 / 24 Ramadan 1442H, this time around with a focus on the chapter, Al-Mulk (Kingdom).

ITC PROMOTES HEALTH AND FITNESS IN RAMADAN

April 30, 2021    13:39:39
Today, in conjunction with the month of Ramadan 1442H, Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC) conducted an online webinar, with emphasis placed on staying fit during this month of fasting, to ensure satiety and optimal physical fitness throughout the month of Ramadan, when the fast is observed.

CLEARING THE AIR ON MUSLIM-FRIENDLY TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY

April 15, 2021    16:45:10
In TV JAKIM’s Persada Jurnal programme, aired on RTM TV1 11 April 2021, the Director-General of Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC), Dato’ Dr. Mohmed Razip Haji Hasan, was featured in a segment, defining Muslim-friendly tourism and hospitality while giving an overview of ITC and its roles, namely, research and training, ...

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 COMMISSIONS 10 NEW ISLAMIC TOURISM RESEARCH GRANTS (ITRG)

February 11, 2021    11:41:17
Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC) has commissioned ten research projects through the Islamic Tourism Research Grant (ITRG) programme. The successful recipients from various academic institutions in Malaysia will utilise the grant to study diverse areas of Islamic tourism including big data analysis on Muslim travellers’ perceptions, Muslim-friendly spa requirements, branding of Muslim-friendly destinations, ...

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

February 11, 2021    11:34:59
How fast time flies! We are now in the year 2021 after enduring a very challenging 2020. Many industries were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the global tourism economy, unfortunately, was not spared either. The fight is not over yet and we must remain strong and resilient to ...

MALAYSIA’S PONDOKSTAY CONCEPT LAUDED AS CREATIVE ISLAMIC TOURISM PRODUCT

December 22, 2020    13:33:19
The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture lauds the move of Malaysia’s industry players diversifying their tourism product offerings to cater to the Muslim tourist market. YB Dato’ Sri Hajah Nancy Shukri, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, applauded the initiative and said that pondokstay was a relatively new ...

LAUNCH OF MUSLIM-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION RECOGNITION

December 17, 2020    14:07:05
The Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture Malaysia (MOTAC), through Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC) has marked yet another significant milestone in Islamic tourism development in Malaysia with the launch of the official logo for the Muslim-Friendly Accommodation Recognition (MFAR).

MALAYSIA AS THE ISLAMIC TOURISM DESTINATION OF CHOICE

December 17, 2020    14:05:29
YB Dato’ Sri Hajah Nancy Shukri, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture is confident that Malaysia will be a worldwide sought after Islamic tourism destination in the future. Islamic tourism in Malaysia is a promising segment that has shown a positive growth in economic contribution and tourist arrivals in ...

Tourism contributed RM84.1bil in 2018

March 7, 2019    23:15:37
PUTRAJAYA: The tourism sector contributes RM84.1 billion to the national economy last year, up by 2.4 per cent compared to RM82.2 billion the previous year, said Tourism, Arts and Culture (MoTAC) Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi. He said despite a slight drop in international tourist arrivals, namely, from 25.9 million in ...