Activity Reports

Seminar to Attract Muslim Tourists to Kansai

 We at the International Tourism Promotion Department of the Foundation for Kansai Region Promotion, in cooperation with the local governments, economic organizations and other entities in Kansai, currently engage in activities aimed at attracting Muslim(*1) tourists from South East Asian countries whose economies are growing remarkably. As a part of the activities, the Foundation organized “Seminar for Accepting Muslim Tourists” jointly with the cities of Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe and Sakai, and ASEAN-Japan Center, on August 30, 2013, in Kobe city.

 This seminar attracted approximately 150 representatives of accommodations, tourist facilities, restaurants and other facilities in the Kansai region. Mr. Ken Fujita, Manager of Tourism and Exchange Dept. of ASEAN-Japan Center and Mr. Iwan Stia Budi, an Indonesian teacher, spoke on how to attract Muslim tourists from each standpoint. Audience listened intently to their lectures emphasizing the need to understand religions and customs of Muslim and to prepare appropriate environments for Muslim tourists in a step-by-step manner. Audience took notes with keen interest when they were introduced examples of the requests from Muslim such as “At restaurants, they need information in English on ingredients and seasonings as well as menu”, “WiFi is must for Muslim as many of them use smart phone app. to show the correct direction for making a pray in the direction of Mecca”, and “Needs and requests differ with each person and careful communication is important” etc.  
(*1)Muslims strictly adhere to the Islamic laws such as they eat no pork and drink no alcohol, and pray five times daily facing in the direction of the holy city of Mecca etc.