PHNOM PENH, 25 July 2017: Cambodia will cooperate with Thailand and Malaysia to establish halal standards to cater to the rising number of Muslim travellers visiting Cambodia, especially from the Middle East.
Khmer Times quoted Commerce Secretary of State, Mao Thora, saying there were many more Muslim travellers visiting the country so it was important to introduce a halal standard.
“We will learn from Thailand and Malaysia to bring halal standards to Cambodia soon,” the minister said.
Food which qualified for certification would comply with Islamic law, local laws and standards pertaining to food safety and labelling.
According to the Ministry of Tourism’s Statistics and Information Department, the number of tourists from Middle East reached 10,341 in the first five months of this year, up 29.3% from 7,996 visits during the same period last year. Cambodia started to develop Halal products on a small scale in 2008.
According to findings from MasterCard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2017, the Muslim travel market will continue to grow at a fast pace with the sector estimated to grow to USD220 billion in 2020. It is expected to grow a further USD80 billion to reach USD300 billion by 2026.
In 2016, there were an estimated 121 million Muslim visitor arrivals globally – up from 117 million in 2015 – and this is forecasted to grow to 156 million visitors by 2020 representing 10% of the travel segment.