The current market for Muslim tourism has great possibility for growth with increasing attention gained worldwide to create greater revenue in the tourism sector. The current Muslim population consists of 1.6 billion people around the world (or one-fourth of the world’s population). With over 240 million in ASEAN alone, this is a large market group with high potential. Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam key target markets of Thailand. Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has created the “Thailand Muslim Friendly Destination” guidebook to offer travel information for Muslim tourists featuring halal restaurants, Mosques, suitable accommodations and much much more.
When people think of Phuket as a travel destination, they immediately conjure up images of beautiful beaches, good local food, and other fun activities. But now there’s something else that embodies the spirit of the island and is a must for ice cream lovers; Torry’s Ice Cream, the one and only ice cream shop that uses Phuket ingredients.
What Phuketians call the Third Lunar-Month Festival is in fact the Chinese New Year. It stretches over three days starting with the ‘Buying Day’ when locals buy food and materials for the ritual, including gifts for relations. The second day is ‘Worship Day’ and is for families meeting and setting up a table outside their house dedicated to the worship of gods, ancestors, and souls. The third day (which is the actual New Year’s Day) is called the ‘Travel Day’.