Posted on 13 Ramadan 1435 / July 11, 2014
ITC was recently in Ipoh to witness the launching of Perak Mosque Trails 2014, a new Islamic tourism promotional programme initiated by Perak’s Port of Remarkable Talents (PORT) with a support by Tourism Malaysia Perak. A total of 8 mosques have been identified for trails which include Datuk Panglima Kinta Mosque, India Muslim Mosque, Kampung Paloh Mosque, Pakistan Mosque, Sultan Idris Shah Mosque, Muhammadiah Mosque – of which all are located in Ipoh – and the iconic Ubudiah mosque in Kuala Kangsar.
According to Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi, Perak’s state EXCO, the programme is a continuation of Ipoh Heritage Trail dan Ipoh Food Trail – a series of two successful tourism programs previously held in Perak. Director General of ITC, Mr. Zulkifly Md. Said in his speech praised the effort taken by organizer and pledged ITC’s support to ensure the success of the programme. ITC also contributed 10 sajjada and prayer garments to each mosque participating.
Uplifting the spirit of Ramadan, Perak Mosque Trails 2014 will be packed with activities like community service, workshops, talks and musical performance and is expected to lure a heavy youth participations and voluntourism.
Posted on 1 Ramadan 1435 / June 29, 2014
Honing the spirit of Ramadan Kareem this year, ITC released a new e-publication entitled “Ramadan in Malaysia” – 16 pages of colorful easy-to-use publication for Muslim and non-Muslim tourists visiting Malaysia this Ramadan season.
When it comes to celebrating the holy month, Malaysia’s unique selling proposition lies in its second-to-none Halal gastronomic experience. While Muslims are required to limit their indulgence in moderation during Ramadan, for the rest of the world visiting here, it is a month of food fiesta all over the country.
In recent years, a few mosques in Malaysia have also been the home of Ramadan for many international guest Imams from countries like Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Syria. Throughout the month, these Imams can be seen and heard speaking and lecturing as well as leading the Tarawih prayers to which many Muslims in Malaysia viewed as a refreshing Ramadan experience.
Ramadan in Malaysia is downloadable from ITC’s website and also compatible for viewing on smartphone and tablet.
Posted on 26 Sha'ban 1435 / June 25, 2014
On 20 June 2014, Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC) attended a Technical Committee (TC) meeting on the development of Malaysia’s first standard on Islamic tourism at Seri Pacific Hotel Kuala Lumpur hosted by International Institute of Halal Research and Training (InHART), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). Named Muslim Friendly Hospitality Services (MFHS), the meeting finalised the draft of the standard for an official submission to the Department of Standards Malaysia (DSM) for further review and approval before going on a two-month public comment period.
The development of the standard was parked under the management committee for Halal standard, chaired by Muslim Consumer Association of Malaysia (PPIM) with SIRIM as the secretariat. Invited to deliver a welcome remarks at meeting was Director General of ITC, Mr. Zulkifly Md. Said. “This standard shall be inclusive and friendly to all tourism players out there,” said Zulkifly. He further added that the standard should also reflects Malaysia’s values as a moderate Muslim country in order to build a more robust Islamic tourism sector.
The initial proposal to develop the standard was submitted to DSM in December 2012 by INHART. If all goes well, the draft standard will be available for public comment as early as August. InHART is currently on planning stage to organise a workshop that will engage Malaysia’s tourism stakeholders to gather the industry’s collective review and input on the standard once it is out for public comment.
Posted on 20 Sha'ban 1435 / June 19, 2014
Putrajaya, MALAYSIA — Tourism Malaysia today welcomed 24 senior government officers from 18 countries who are in Malaysia from 8 to 20 June, attending a course on Islamic Tourism entitled Understanding and Embracing the Opportunities for Sustainable Development.
The participants were welcomed by the Deputy Director General of Tourism Malaysia Dato’ Haji Azizan Noordin who also gave a presentation on the development of tourism in Malaysia.
Dato’ Haji Azizan in his speech said that Malaysia was an ideal destination for Islamic tourism as the country had all the amenities and facilities for Muslim travellers from all around the world. Read More
Posted on 20 Sha'ban 1435 / June 19, 2014
Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA — Metasearch site Lagisatu.com is helping hoteliers tap the Muslim travel market through its hotel listing and booking services tailored specifically for this segment.
Launched in 2013, the site’s MuslimStars feature is incorporated into the results of user searches by indicating how Muslim-friendly a property is on a scale of 100 points. Details include whether the hotel offers halal food, and if guestrooms include a Quran and the qiblah. Read More