Seven provinces in the country are competing in the "Most Favorite Halal (Friendly Muslim) Tourism Destination Voting" held by Republika in the framework of the 2018 Republika Sharia Award (ASR). The six leading regions are West Sumatra (West Sumatra), NTB, Aceh, West Java , East Java, Central Java, and Yogyakarta.
2018 ASR Committee Chair Elba Damhuri said, until two days before the closing of the vote on November 5, West Sumatra was still leading the voting for a halal destination. "Voting which chose West Sumatra as the most favorite halal destination reached 30 percent of the total votes entered," Elba said in a press statement on Saturday (3/11).
West Sumatra's position is still not safe. In the second and third place, NTB and Aceh followed closely with votes of 20 percent each.
Only then in fourth to sixth are West Java, Central Java, East Java, and Yogyakarta. Elba stressed, it is not impossible that West Java and other provinces could pursue West Sumatra given the strict results of this vote.
Elba hopes the public will continue to vote to choose halal tourism areas or at least be friendly to the most favorite Muslims. "The assessment must be as objective as possible considering this is very important for the development of the halal industry in one area," said Elba who is also the Head of Republika.co.id.
In ASR 2018, Muslim and halal-friendly tourist destinations become one of the categories that will be awarded. There are 14 Muslim-friendly and halal tourist destinations included in this vote.
The 14 destinations besides the seven mentioned above, there are DKI Jakarta, Banten, South Sumatra, North Sumatra, East Kalimantan, Riau-Riau Islands, and South Sulawesi. Until now, destinations outside the top seven still recorded low voting.
According to Elba, ASR which will be held on November 8, 2018 is the second time after starting last year. At the first ASR, awards focused on the Islamic finance industry and sharia leaders.
The awards include banking, non-banking finance, insurance industry, micro-macro industry, financial technology (fintech), finance companies, and sharia leaders. In this year's event, in addition to halal tourism destinations, philanthropic institutions will also be awarded.
The addition of these two categories, said Elba, is based on the greater and wider role of the two sectors in developing the economy and quality of Indonesian people. The tourism industry clearly has a direct impact on economic growth and macroeconomic stability.