The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced a fresh redesign of its Thailand Muslim Friendly App that caters to Muslim visitors from the region to find their way around the Kingdom.
With a redesigned interface to enhance the user experience, the app has now expanded its offering, adding 110 new halal-friendly restaurants, 70 new mosques, 75 new hotels, 10 healthcare facilities, 19 education centers, 20 shopping locations, 17 travel destinations, and 5 additional video clips.
Available on both iOS and Android, the App is an online and offline guidebook that will help Muslim visitors find venues and facilities of cultural importance to Muslim travelers from the Middle East and other regions around the world.
Pichaya Saisaengchan, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand for Dubai and the Middle East said: “In 2019, Thailand welcomed over 550,000 visitors from the Middle East and we are excited to introduce a modern version of the Thailand Muslim Friendly App. As we prepare to reopen our borders for tourism. We want to ensure that our Muslim visitors from the Middle East and other countries around the globe are able to enjoy their time in Thailand in accordance with their faith as we continue to develop halal tourism in the Kingdom.”
Launched at the Thailand Travel Mart (TTM) in June 2015, the application is part of the overall strategy to position Thailand as a Muslim-friendly tourism destination. The app is full of valuable information on where to find halal restaurants, mosques, and various other facilities and services to meet the cultural and religious requirements of Muslim travelers in the country.
According to a report launched by the Mastercard-Crescent Rating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2018, Thailand is ranked second among Non-OIC markets as “the most Muslim-friendly travel destination for Muslim visitors. Singapore is still the most Muslim-friendly destination for Muslims among non-OIC countries.
The report also shows that the country improved its overall ranking among the top Muslim-friendly among both OIC and non-OIC countries.
According to the 2015 census, Thailand has 2,892,311 Muslims or 4.29% of the total population. 2,227,613 of these Muslims are concentrated in the southern region of the country, where they represent up to 24.33% of the population. Especially, in the south, you can find plenty of halal restaurants offering Thai and other cuisines to their customers.