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The misunderstanding of halal tourism in Bandung city - Indonesia: Muslim tourist arrivals are increasing in the obscurity of concepts

Uud Wahyudin (Department of Communication Management, Faculty of Communication Science, Padjadjaran University, Sumedang, Indonesia)
Agrian Ratu Randa (Department of Communication Management, Faculty of Communication Science, Padjadjaran University, Sumedang, Indonesia)
Kismiyati El Karimah (Department of Communication Management, Faculty of Communication Science, Padjadjaran University, Sumedang, Indonesia)
Imelia Martinovita Santoso (Department of Communication Management, Faculty of Communication Science, Padjadjaran University, Sumedang, Indonesia)

Journal of Islamic Marketing

ISSN: 1759-0833

Article publication date: 28 June 2021

Issue publication date: 1 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to find out what causes differences in understanding the concept of halal tourism between the government and stakeholders, which results in the slow development of halal tourism and the emergence of doubts for stakeholders who want to be part of halal tourism in Bandung.

Design/methodology/approach

This study used a qualitative research method, and then the results presented the Fishbone Diagram (Cause and Effect) of halal tourism concept in the City of Bandung. A case study approach is in accordance with the Bandung City branding as the halal tourism destination in Indonesia. The informants are the halal tourism stakeholders, consumers, the government and the tourism community.

Findings

Even though the level of Muslim tourist's arrival in Bandung has always been increasing, what was proclaimed by the government is unclear related to the halal tourism concept. The ambiguity of the halal tourism concept spread in Bandung impacts the absence of clear standardization of supporting facilities and accommodation and the emergence of anxiety and mistrust of stakeholders in applying the halal concept into their tourism business in Bandung.

Research limitations/implications

This study was only conducted in Bandung City, Indonesia; hence, it lacks generality. Accordingly, future studies can expand to several potential halal tourism cities in Indonesia and halal tourists outside Bandung as informants.

Originality/value

To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first practical paper that provides a detailed and comprehensive description of the different concepts of halal tourism in the city of Bandung.

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Citation

Wahyudin, U., Randa, A.R., El Karimah, K. and Santoso, I.M. (2022), "The misunderstanding of halal tourism in Bandung city - Indonesia: Muslim tourist arrivals are increasing in the obscurity of concepts", Journal of Islamic Marketing, Vol. 13 No. 12, pp. 2611-2629. https://doi.org/10.1108/JIMA-07-2020-0204

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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