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MasterCard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index 2015 has finally been released, with a new and updated list of the top Muslim-friendly destinations for the year.

 The best destinations for Muslim travellers for 2015 will be revealed by  MasterCard-Crescentrating Global Muslim Travel Index in just a few hours!

Last year, the rankings of the top Muslim-friendly destinations were released on the 18th of February and had the destinations separated into the two categories of OIC destinations and non-OIC destinations. Several factors and criteria were taken into consideration when ranking destinations, including the destination's general family friendliness, the level of facilities offered to Muslim travellers such as Halal food and prayer facilities, as well as its marketing initiatives.

The MasterCard-Crescentrating Global Muslim Travel Index 2015 will soon reveal the best destinations for Muslim travellers this year, when it is launched on the 4th of March 2015 with new and updated rankings.

 In 2013, CrescentRating released Halal-friendly travel scores for the first time for each destination. Crescentrating's Halal Friendly Travel (CRaHFT) Score is based on a scale of 1 to 10 and takes into account how Muslim-friendly the destination is. Factors such as the availability of Halal food, prayer facilities, Halal-friendly accommodation as well as other facilities affect the final Halal-friendly travel score as well as its overall ranking.

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.

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