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The launch date of GMTI 2015 is just 4 days away and the rankings of the best Muslim-friendly destinations for 2015 will be released on the 4th of March! CrescentRating has been releasing rankings for Muslim-friendly destinations since 2011. It was in 2012 when CrescentRating first decided to separate its rankings into two different categories – one for Muslim countries and another for non-Muslim countries – in order to provide a better understanding of what each destination is capable of providing Muslim travellers.

With less than a week left for GMTI 2015 to be released, here's a throwback to 2011 – when CrescentRating released its very first Halal travel market research publication on the top Muslim-friendly destinations for 2011. Listed below are the top 10 rankings of the best destinations for Muslim travellers for the year 2011:

 1st Place: Malaysia 

Malaysia was ranked the best destination for Muslim travellers in 2011. Receiving over 23 million visitors in 2009, the country offers a wealth of facilities for Muslim travellers and has emerged as one of the top destinations to spend a Halal-friendly holiday.

CrescentRating has been releasing annual rankings of Muslim-friendly holiday destinations over the past four years. These rankings have now been enhanced to become a global index - the MasterCard-Crescentrating Global Muslim Travel Index - which will see its very first release on the 4th of March, 2015 - just one week away!

With the unveiling of GMTI 2015 just days away, here's a look back at how CrescentRating's releases of the best Muslim-friendly destination rankings have evolved over the years.

Indonesia's tourist arrivals‌ in have risen to 8.8 million in 2013 and the tourism sector expects to see a strong growth in numbers internationally - particularly amongst Middle Eastern countries.

The government is taking measures to promote Indonesia as a Muslim-friendly destination by highlighting its best Muslim-friendly destinations. Destinations such as Lombok is establishing more Islamic centres and mosques, adapting its hospitality facilities and is offering the services of specially trained tour guides.

The Muslim travel market is one of the most lucrative and one of the most rapidly growing market segments in the industry. It is also one of the world's highest spending tourist markets. Therefore it is vital that destinations, businesses and travel-related entities take the needs of this market segment into consideration when devising business models and plans.

Choosing an accommodation provider is one of the most crucial aspects of travel planning, for Muslim travellers in particular. There are several aspects that Muslim travellers need to check and verify before deciding on a hotel or resort - such as the availability of Halal food and prayer facilities. CrescentRating's proprietary hotel rating system helps make this decision making process simpler by rating hotels based on what they can offer Muslim guests.

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