Sustainability efforts related to the halal industry in the context of Muslim-friendly hotel and hospitality

Authors

  • Aisah Bella-Salsa PhD Candidate & Research Assistant International Institute for Halal Research and Training (INHART), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
  • Siti Nuryana Binti Ahmad Latif LLM Harun M Hashim Law Centre, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
  • Baiduri Zaiyyanna Mohd Farudz International Institute for Halal Research and Training (INHART), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
  • Betania Kartika Academician, Researcher and Trainer International Institute for Halal Research and Training (INHART), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
  • Mohamad Afiq Razali Assistant Director, Halal Management Division Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (JAKIM), Department of Islamic Development, Malaysia

Keywords:

Halal tourism, Muslim-friendly hospitality, sustainability

Abstract

Sustainability is getting a lot of attention in various industries, including tourism. Sustainable tourism involves responsible travel practices that consider economic, social, and environmental impacts for now and the future. It aims to benefit tourists, the industry, the environment, and local communities. In Islam, sustainability means achieving well-being for consumers, economic efficiency, fairness, and ecological balance. The halal industry goes beyond food, reaching areas like tourism and hospitality, expected to be worth $320.7 billion by 2024. Muslim spending on tourism was $102 billion in 2021 and might reach $189 billion by 2025. Halal tourism offers experiences based on Islamic principles, appealing to Muslims who care about social, environmental, and economic effects. Malaysia, led by the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Malaysia (MOTAC), is focused on advancing Muslim-Friendly Tourism and the halal industry, shown by the Malaysian Standard MS2610:2015 for Muslim-friendly hospitality. But the current hotel rating system doesn't look at sustainability. This paper aims to show possible ways to make Muslim-friendly hotels and hospitality in Malaysia more sustainable. It looks at social, environmental, and economic aspects, and considers challenges from sustainability and the Covid-19 pandemic. The study suggests ways to recover after the pandemic and promote sustainability. Social sustainability includes preserving culture, diversity, fairness, training, human rights, guest well-being, safety, community engagement, and philanthropy. Environmental sustainability means being eco-friendly, using resources well, managing waste, keeping biodiversity, and designing green buildings. Economic sustainability is about growing the economy, making jobs, improving infrastructure, and helping communities earn more. The Covid-19 pandemic led to new hotel ideas to stay strong. The study suggests moving towards sustainable practices to overcome challenges and recover better after the pandemic, giving a full understanding of sustainability in halal tourism and hospitality.

Published

2023-12-30

How to Cite

Aisah Bella-Salsa, Siti Nuryana Binti Ahmad Latif, Baiduri Zaiyyanna Mohd Farudz, Betania Kartika, & Mohamad Afiq Razali. (2023). Sustainability efforts related to the halal industry in the context of Muslim-friendly hotel and hospitality. Nuqtah Journal of Theological Studies, 3(2), 21–30. Retrieved from http://nuqtahjts.com/index.php/njts/article/view/145