News From : DagangHalal.com (05 Mar 2010)
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:The Director General of Tourism Destination Firmansyah Rahim has said that food hygiene and halal certificates have started to impact the tourism industry.
“If the food hygiene standard is not well managed, it could decrease tourism competitiveness,” said Firmansyah in Jakarta, on Wednesday.
Firmansyah added that there has to be a separation between halal and non-halal foods, so that foreign tourists, especially those from the Middle East, will not hesitate in spending their money.
With a high food hygiene standard, tourists will also be free in trying out various Indonesian traditional foods.
“Culinary travel must be able to bring memories, not diseases,” said Firman.
Head of the Tourism Information Research Institute Dayat Muliha said that halal certificate improvement could increase the number of tourists from the Middle East, who could spend up to an average of US$2,000 on shopping every visit.
As an example, Malaysia can attract more tourists from this region because of the clear separation between halal and non-halal foods.