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Published: Friday February 21, 2014 MYT 6:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday February 11, 2014 MYT 6:16:06 PM

Your faith and your travels

A probable stop for a faith-based travel itinerary - the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. - Photo from AFP

A probable stop for a faith-based travel itinerary - the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. - Photo from AFP

There’s now a market for faith-based travel and sites have sprung up to cater to that.

IN response to the niche market of religious travel, a community of professionals focusing on faith-based travel has been created to help people plan youth retreats, pilgrimages to religious sites and mission trips.

Billed as a one-stop shop for finding services like transportation, tour operators, lodging, food and beverage specialists, the Faith Travel Association (www.faithtravelassociation.com) has been developed to help travellers looking to deepen their faith through conferences, mission trips, religious pilgrimages, and youth group excursions.

According to the National Tour Association, which is spearheading the project, each year about 300 million people embark on faith-fueled trips around the world, pumping US$18bil (RM60.16bil) into the tourism economy.

Meanwhile, HalalTrip.com (www.halaltrip.com) was launched last year as the ‘TripAdvisor’ of Muslim travel, offering Muslim-friendly properties, tours and flight packages.

Similarly, HalalStars.com (http://halalstars.com/) is a meta-search engine and hotel comparison site partnered with Expedia. – AFP Relaxnews

Tags / Keywords: Travel, faith, Faith Travel Association, pilgrimage, religion, Islam, Muslim

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