In the United Arab Emirates, spending on family tourism is expected to increase 4.4% during 2016, according to a new study by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce.
At the same time, the expenditures for outbound family tourism of citizens in the Emirati will increase by 3.6% in 2016, said the same study.
This study coincides with October’s third Global Islamic Economy Summit that will be held on October 11 and 12 in Dubai.
The summit will cover family tourism as part of the spectrum of different subjects that fall under the Islamic economy tag. The UAE is both considered a top origin as well as destination country with regard to family tourism, which is an umbrella term that is used when referring to travel offerings that are halal compliant.
Malaysia was ranked No. 1 in the world by the 2016 Global Muslim Travel Index related to Muslim travel friendliness. The UAE was ranked No. 2 replacing Turkey in that spot. Singapore led amongst Non-Organization of Islamic Cooperation countries, with Hong Kong moving up to No. 5, after being ranked in 2015 as No. 7.
The countries received ratings based upon a number of criteria that includes its suitability for holiday for families, availability of facilities and services that are Muslim travel friendly and guides and marketing initiatives dedicated to the spreading of awareness with regards to travel facilities and services for Muslims.
In tandem, experts in the industry expect GCC families who look for cultural experiences and facilities that are Muslim friendly to target the UAE, Morocco and different Asian destinations more and more.
Those Asian destinations include India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia, while Turkey visits are expected to fall due to recent problems with instability
Halal travel specialists based in Singapore known as Crescent Rating have predicted that spending on global Muslim travel will hit more than $200 billion before the end of 2020, driven by growth in how many Muslim travelers from what are currently 117 million to was is estimated to be over 168 million across the globe by 2020.
The study by the Chamber of Commerce identified four factors that were driving the growth of family travel. Those ranged from the population growth being above average in countries that are predominantly Muslim, the economic performances that were healthy of Muslim communities to increasing access to information on travel and availability of travel facilities and services that are Muslim friendly.