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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.

Kyoto Sees an Influx of Tourists from GCC Countries - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

GCC tourist arrivals to Kyoto has seen a sharp increase in numbers. The number of tourists from the United Arab Emirates has increased by 139% during the period of April to December 2014, in comparison to 2013. The number of tourists from Qatar has increased by 1,135%.

This increase in numbers is believed to be a result of the opening of Kyoto's promotional office in Dubai last year. Increasing awareness on Kyoto was done by providing extensive details about facilities for Muslims as well as other useful information in Arabic.

CrescentRating now offers travel agents the exclusive opportunity to obtain a Muslim-friendly rating and successfully reach out to the lucrative Muslim travel market.

Travel agents who obtain a rating from CrescentRating will have their profiles displayed as an accredited partner on Crescentrating.com and have their tour packages showcased and rated. CrescentRated travel agents will also be promoted on CrescentRating's social media channels.

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