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Halal food, prayer rooms and bidets are a must as they travel in search of cultural immersion.
Over 45% of Muslim travellers are women, playing a significant role
in trip planning, particularly when traveling with their families or
spouses, revealed the ‘Shaping the Future of Tourism A 2019’ report by
This highlights the importance of understanding the specific needs of
this niche group and ensuring effective catering to their requirements.
"Women generally become more engaged in researching trips," explains
licensed counsellor Dr. Sangeeta Kaur. "They are concerned about safety,
hygiene, and desire memorable experiences that set their holidays
Female Muslim travellers also thoroughly research local cultural
tours, convenient hotel locations, and seasonal activities, seeking
recommendations from friends and relatives, she adds.
Unique needs of Muslim female travellers
Women are key decision-makers in trip planning, especially for family and spousal travel. Photo Credit: Adobe Stock/Kencana Studio
The same CrescentRating report revealed that Muslim female travellers
share needs that align with general Muslim travellers, but with a
specific emphasis on safety, privacy, and comfort. They value
recreational spaces that prioritise privacy and seek activities designed
specifically for women. Recognising these needs is crucial to providing
a satisfying and secure travel experience for Muslim women travellers.
According to Nur Alyssa Coraline Yussin, research and training
director at Islamic Tourism Centre, initiatives like the Muslim-Friendly
Tourism and Hospitality Assurance and Recognition (MFAR) in Malaysia
exemplify efforts to cater to Muslim women travellers. This programme
recognises tourism products and services, including hotels and resorts,
that offer gender-segregated facilities such as swimming pools and gyms,
ensuring the comfort and convenience of Muslim women guests, regardless
of their religious affiliation.
More inclusivity for Muslim women
Tour operators are also becoming increasingly sensitive to the
specific needs of Muslim women. In the Maldives, many resorts provide
female diving instructors to enable women guests to enjoy snorkelling or
scuba diving with comfort and privacy. Similarly, adventure activity
providers, like Skydive Ontario in Canada, engage women instructors to
cater to the interests and preferences of Muslim women.
They pray five times a day and do not engage in activities like bar-hopping or nightclubbing. Like anyone else, they simply wish to have fun and feel comfortable while doing so.
"What many Muslim women have in common is the desire to travel
without compromising their faith," explains Nadiah Ghazali, whose
company, Safar Trips, organises Muslim-friendly women-only activities,
including ladies-only wall climbing outings. "They pray five times a day
and do not engage in activities like bar-hopping or nightclubbing. Like
anyone else, they simply wish to have fun and feel comfortable while
Spa Village Resort Tembok in Bali ensures a respectful and inclusive environment for Muslim female spa-goers, prioritising their comfort and privacy. Photo Credit: Spa Village Resort Tembok
Inclusive accommodations like Spa Village Resort Tembok in Bali prioritise the comfort and care of Muslim female spa-goers.
Chik Lai Ping, the senior vice president of the spa division at YTL
Hotels, explains that through continuous staff education, they ensure a
welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, considering religious and cultural
sensitivities. Meticulous attention is given to maintain privacy and
modesty during the spa experience, “demonstrating our commitment to
creating a respectful and inclusive environment."
By addressing the unique needs of Muslim female travellers,
destinations, hotels, and activity providers empower women to explore
the world while feeling comfortable and respected in their faith and