Dhaka, July 11 (BAN/ AD): PM Hasina while speaking at the inaugural function of the two-day official celebration program of “Dhaka the OIC City of Tourism-2019” at the hotel InterContinental Dhaka has stressed on making Islamic tourism an global brand. She has stressed on the need for preparing a roadmap to promote Islamic tourism as a global brand.
PM said “The value of Islamic tourism market will increase to $243 billion by 2021 with an annual 8.3% growth. So, we’ll have to take all-out efforts and prepare a roadmap aimed at promoting Islamic tourism as a global business brand, which will attract tourists further.”
PM mentioned the number of Muslim tourists will rise to 180 million by 2020 from 156 million. By 2020, the world’s Muslim population will be 26%. She cited Thomson Reuters report, which mentions Muslim’s globally spent a total of $151 billion on travel in 2015 — excluding Hajj and Umrah.
PM also added “There’s an urgent need to flourish our tourism sector [to attain our development targets]. In this case, Islamic tourism is the best possible area where we’ve the opportunity and potentials to work together.”