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Indonesia wins most awards in 2016 World Halal Tourism competition

Indonesia has won 12 from a total of 16-category World Halal Tourism Awards this year, Indonesian Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said on Thursday.
All of Indonesia's nominations grabbed international recognitions in the prestigious competition, according to the minister.
"We won in the last lap. This would be the first time for us to successfully win 75 percent of the categories in the competition," the minister said in a statement.
Results of the annual competition this year made Indonesia get more international recognitions in wider categories than that of last year that put West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) province's Lombok as the nation's single winner in world's best halal destination and best halal honeymoon destination categories.
Indonesia's resort island of Bali contributed to the nation's success in the halal tourism competition as it secured best family friendly hotel award.
West Java capital of Bandung and Jakarta contributed two awards for the categories of most luxurious family friendly hotel and best hajj operator respectively.
Indonesia is keen to attract more tourists in world's niche halal tourism as it promises great potentialities to boost the nation's tourism sector.
Twenty million foreign visitors are targeted by 2019 with earnings from the sector expected to reach more than 24 billion U.S. dollars by then. (Xinhuanet)


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