Halal holidays: how is value perceived by Muslim tourists?

Padmali Rodrigo, Sarah Turnbull

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Abstract

This study explored the perceived values considered by Muslims when undertaking a halal holiday. The data for the study were gathered via 21 semi-structured interviews conducted among Sri Lankan Muslims. Incorporating the theory of consumption values developed by Sheth (1991), thematic analysis was used explore the key perceived consumption values that Muslim travelers associated with halal tourism. The findings of the study demonstrate that the perceived value associated with halal holidays is multi-dimensional, comprising both consumption and Islamic religious values such as Iman (faith),which refers to the conscience and suggest that “Muslims should act within the Shariah (Islamic Law), and only choose what is halal and remember Allah when making decisions” (Turnbull, Howe-Walsh & Boulanouar, 2016, p.5) . This study contributes to the body of knowledge on consumer perceived values by emphasizing that in the context of halal holidays, Islamic values captured by Iman play a significant role in customer expectations regarding perceived consumption values. Thus, tourism and hospitality organisations need to develop products and services that are Shariah- compliant. Such initiatives would enable tourism and hospitality firms to demonstrate their responsiveness to specific cultural needs.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Tourism Research
Early online date21 Jun 2019
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Publication statusEarly online - 21 Jun 2019

Keywords

  • Halal Holidays
  • Muslim Tourists
  • Perceived Value
  • Consumption Values
  • Islamic Values

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