Indonesia is known as one of the countries with the largest base of Muslims in the world. No wonder that Indonesia has so many destinations and attractions with the history, culture, and Islamic values, for example mosques, boarding schools, or historic tombs. For this reason, Indonesian sharia is deemed be able to develop tourism. Islamic tourism covers not only destinations and tourist attractions with Islamicvalues. Moreover, Islamic tourism has a very broad scope.
Islamic Tourism is not only a tour package to visit sights such as the Mosque of Islamic Worship or historic places, but Islamic Tourism is a type of tourism that holds the principles of Islamic law without changing the general attraction. Islamic Sharia in this regard include halal food, the hotel does not sell liquor, pool separating men and women, including spa facilities. In principle everything is done within the framework of Islamic law. In other words, the whole of Islamic tourism package is implemented in accordance with the Islamic law without changing the purpose and object of the popular tourist destinations in general.
There are five components that are incorporated by Ministry of tourism and creative economy and MUI in Islamic tourism such as culinary sector, Muslim fashion, hospitality and accommodation, cosmetics and spa, as well as Umrah and pilgrimage. Islamic tourism so far only includes historical heritage of Islam and tombs pilgrimage. The Indonesian government has been implementing Islamic tourism since three years ago.
Indonesia has at least 9 Sharia tourist destinations that can be promoted include West Sumatra, Riau, Lampung, Banten, Jakarta, West Java, East Java, Makassar, and Lombok. In order to promote Islamic tourism destinations Ministry of tourism and creative economy has set up an Islamic tourism business standardization ranging from hotels, restaurants, spas, travel agents in cooperation with relevant institutions in order to prepare human resources in the Islamic tourism industry as a tour guide and customer service.
Muslim tourist visits to Indonesia reached 1,270,437 people per year. Of the total, not just Muslim tourists are from the Middle East but also Europe. The majority of Muslim tourists are from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Malaysia, Singapore and France.
As a follow-up meeting of tourism ministers from member countries of the OIC in Banjul, Gambia, on December 6, 2013 it initiated the one forum that will discuss the development of sharia travel among the 57 OIC member countries around the world. This proposal was approved by a majority of members of the Council who approved the location is in Indonesia. The forum named ”The OIC 1st International Forum on Islamic Tourism”. This forum will be held at 2-3 June 2014 at Hotel Borobudur, Jakarta.