The three awards were in the categories of Muslim Friendly Airport--given to Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport in Banda Aceh, as well as best Muslim friendly cultural destination, and best tourist attraction for Baiturrahman Grand Mosque, said Reza Fahlevi, head of the Aceh cultural and tourism office, on Thursday.
He expressed his gratitude to the people of Aceh for helping develop halal tourism in the province, and to the Central Government for supporting Aceh in its participating in the World Halal Travel Awards 2016 in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates.
"Alhamdulillah (Thank God), Aceh won prizes for three categories in competition with 117 nominees in 15 categories," he remarked.
The results of the competition were announced in Jakarta on Wednesday (Sept. 22).
The Aceh provincial administration seeks to improve its tourism industry to meet its 3As - Amenity, Accessibility, and Attraction-- in order to transform the province into a world-class tourism destination.(*)