The Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT), in cooperation with SESRIC and the Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC), will organize a training workshop on the ‘Developing Muslim Friendly Tourism in Suriname and Guyana’ on 15-17 July 2019 in Paramaribo, Suriname. The event will take place within the framework of the COMCEC Project Funding Mechanism.
Senior-level experts, policy-makers and practitioners from Suriname and Guyana will attend the training workshop.
The aim is to introduce basic concepts on Muslim Friendly Tourism (MFT), raise awareness about MFT services in Suriname and Guyana, and share best practices from OIC Member countries.
During the workshop, SESRIC will make technical presentations on the “importance of MFT” and “efforts of OIC and Strategic Roadmap for Development of Islamic Tourism in OIC Member Countries”.
Muslims make up one of the fastest-growing segments of the global travel industry. With an increasing awareness and expanding numbers of Muslim tourists, many players and stakeholders in the tourism industry have started to offer special products and services, developed and designed in accordance with the Islamic principles, to cater to the needs and demands of these tourists, which is usually called Muslim Friendly Tourism (MFT).
However, despite attracting significant interest across the globe, MFT is relatively a new concept in Latin America, especially in Suriname and Guyana. Nevertheless, these two OIC Member Countries have a great potential to attract significant number of tourists interested in MFT services from the continental America as well as Africa, Europe and Asia.