Halal Tourism: Expert Criticizes Studies

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Studies predict tremendous growth for Halal tourism. The expert Fehmi Köfteoğlu sharply criticizes the results.

Crescent Rating’s Global Muslim Travel Report, Dinar Standard’s Global Muslim Travel Market, and Mc Cann’s Muslim Travel Index Europe: travel offers will grow strongly in the coming years, these studies predict. Fehmi Köfteoğlu from the journal “Turizm Gazetesi” criticizes the polls. Although there is a market for Halal tourism, but this is not as big as claimed. In addition, he was no alternative to the conventional market. For him, tourism offers tailored to Muslims are just an additional market.

The expert considers the figures inflated. According to the Crescent Rating study, only 10 percent of Muslims say they are in Turkey because it is a Muslim country. In addition, only 10 percent of tourists who come to Turkey came from a Muslim country.

In recent years, although the number of tourists from the Middle East has risen, especially to Istanbul, so Köfteoğlu, but not for religious reasons. European countries have tightened their visa laws. Therefore, the Arab tourists increasingly oriented to other destinations.