Wednesday, 19 June 2019 | 08:06 WIB

IMTI Chooses Lombok as Best Halal Tourism Destination in Indonesia

IMTI Chooses Lombok as Best Halal Tourism Destination in Indonesia (syariah)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), has been re-elected as the best halal tourism destination in Indonesia with the highest score of 70, and outperforming 10 other destinations in the country.

The Indonesia Muslim Travel Index (IMTI) 2019 stated that 10 leading Indonesian halal tourist destinations (Lombok, Aceh, Riau and Riau Islands, Jakarta, West Sumatra, West Java, Yogyakarta, Central Java, East Java (Malang) and surrounding areas, South Sulawesi and its surroundings have an average value of 55, the highest score of 70 achieved by Lombok destinations, while the lowest score of 33 is obtained by the destination of South Sulawesi (Makassar and its surroundings).

"The 2019 IMTI results show an increase in scores in 10 leading Indonesian tourist destinations," said Fazal Bahardeen CEO CrescentRating and HalalTrip when delivering the IMTI 2019 report at the 2nd Floor Lobby of the Sapta Pesona Building, Ministry of Tourism, Monday (8/4 / 2019).

Meanwhile at the IMTI 2018, 10 leading destinations recorded the highest score of 58 obtained by Lombok and the lowest destination of South Sulawesi (Makassar and its surroundings) of 30.

Fazal Bahardeen while announcing this was accompanied by Deputy Minister of Industry and Institutional Development, Ni Wayan Giri Adnyani, Expert Staff for Tourism and Economic Affairs who was also Chair of Halal Tourism Acceleration Team Anang Sutono, Director of Halal Tourism Acceleration Team Riyanto Sofyan, and Indonesian Mastercard Director Tommy Singgih. He also explained, the IMTI 2019 refers to the standard Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) which adopts 4 criteria including; Access, Communication, Environment, and Services (ACES).

"Each criterion consists of three components; for Access consists of; visa requirements, air connectivity, transport infrastructure; Communication (outreach, ease of communication, and digital presence); Environment (safety and culture, visitor arrivals, and enabling climate). While the Services component consists of core needs (halal food and prayers); core services (hotels, airports), and unique experiences, "he said.

Ni Wayan Giri Adnyani said that Indonesia as a global halal tourism player must use global standards for halal tourism to refer to GMTI.

"The Minister of Tourism is targeting, Indonesia this year will be ranked number 1 as the world's best halal tourism destination," said Ni Wayan Giri Adnyani.

He said, for tourists visiting halal tourism this year it was targeted to reach 5 million foreign tourists or 25 percent of the target of 20 million foreign tourists.

Director of the Halal Tourism Acceleration Team, Riyanto Sofyan, said that the Ministry of Tourism and Culture cooperates with Mastercard and CrescentRating to make halal performance evaluation standards for Indonesian or Indonesian Muslim Travel Index (IMTI) with reference to GMTI global standards starting in 2015.

"The establishment of the IMTI began in 2018, while the IMTI 2019 is the second year in implementing GMTI global standards to assess the performance of leading halal tourism destinations in Indonesia," he said.