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Virtual Special Issue: Islamic Tourism

International Journal of Tourism Cities

This year, Muslims around the world celebrated Eid-ul Fitr on Friday and Saturday (April 21-22) to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan. A month of fasting, praying, showing humility, charitable giving, and spiritual rejuvenation. 

We would like to commemorate the history, culture, and achievements of the Muslim world through a special virtual issue that brings visibility to Halal tourism destinations and the Muslim tourists’ travel motivations and satisfaction. 

Halal tourism has been gaining popularity and becoming a significant trend in the global travel industry. After the pandemic, the Muslim travel arrivals are expected to reach 160 million in 2024 and 230 million in 2028. Women travellers represent one of the fastest growing segments in the Muslim travel market (Global Muslim Travel Index, 2023). We would like to encourage tourism researchers to continue expanding the knowledge base on the Halal tourism landscape, the Muslim tourist behaviour, and the challenges and opportunities in the development, management and marketing of Islamic tourism.  

The papers listed below will be free to access from 12th of June to 14th July 2023. 

Salam and Enjoy the reading! 

Professor Blanca Alejandra Camargo and Dr Hera Oktadiana 

Associate Editors, The International Journal of Tourism Cities 


Free to access

Promoting the image of a historic city for sustainable cultural tourism: the case of Tlemcen Capital of Islamic Culture 2011 

Somia Kherbouche and Abdelkader Djedid 


Managing Islamic attributes through the satisfaction of Muslim tourists in a non-Muslim country 

Siripen Dabphet 


Classification of halal hotels based on industrial perceived value: a study of Indonesia and Thailand 

Atie Rachmiatie, Fitri Rahmafitria, Karim Suryadi and Ajeng Ramadhita Larasati 


Halal destination attributes and revisits intention: the role of destination attractiveness and perceived value 

Ali Mursid and Pandji Anoraga 


Does the perception of halal tourism destination matter for non-Muslim tourists’ WOM? The moderating role of religious faith 

Muhammad Khalilur Rahman, Md Sohel Rana, Mohd Nazari Ismail, Mohd Zulkifli Muhammad, Muhammad Nazmul Hoque and Md. Abdul Jalil 


Identifying stakeholders’ perspectives on the success factors of halal tourism in the city of Makassar: a group model building approach 

Nurul Huda, Ariel Nian Gani, Nova Rini, Tiko Dhafin Rizky and Lazuardi Ichsan 


The influence of Islamic attributes on tourist satisfaction with pull motivation as an intervening variables 

Hilda Monoarfa, Agus Rahayu, Fitranty Adirestuty, Rizuwan Abu Karim, Azlin Zanariah Bahtar, Zamzuri Ahmad Nazari and Nurazree Mahmud 


The personas and motivation of religious tourists and their impact on intentions to visit religious sites in Saudi Arabia 

Ghadeer Kayal