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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.

The World Islamic Travel Summit is set to be hosted in October 2015 in Abu Dhabi - at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The three-day event will be held from the 19th of October to the 21st of October and will run over two halls at the exhibition centre.

The conference and exhibition is the largest showcase of Halal travel and tourism solutions and it is set to see over 200 participants and a 1,000-delegate conference.

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://www.arabianbusiness.com/abu-dhabi-stage-world-islamic-travel-summit-576284.html

An increasing number of new internet ventures are looking to focus on the global Muslim market in a wide range of areas including food, tourism, fashion and credit cards. By doing so, they hope to cater to growing number of Muslims who wish to ensure that more areas of their consumption are religiously permissible.

This trend is believed to appear partly due to the rise in income in majority-Muslim areas of the Gulf and southeast Asia, as well as to expanding choices for consumers.

For the full article and more information, please visit: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/16/islam-consumers-idUSL6N0SX06G20141216

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