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With a focus on the Arabian travel market as a growth strategy, the Lamu County Government in Kenya is targeting high-spending Middle Eastern holidaymakers in a bid to to boost its tourism fortunes. 

The region hopes to work with the national government promote its Islamic heritage as well as its other attractions to vacationers from wealthy Middle Eastern countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Araia, Oman and Iran. By promoting the archipelago as a Muslim-friendly destination, Lamu hopes to attract large numbers of Middle Eastern holidaymakers who often spend lavishly while traveling with family members.

CrescentRating is proud to announce the launch of Muslim Travel Warehouse – the first-ever global B2B platform and travel aggregator to offer a complete portfolio of Muslim-friendly tour packages. The launch of Muslim Travel Warehouse is yet another important milestone in the Halal tourism sector and will play a vital role in connecting the tourism industry to the Muslim travel market.

The World Travel and Tourism Council has revealed an increase in the number of Indonesians travelling to Europe, with over 9 million Indonesian tourists having visited a European destination last year. Industry experts noted that this may be due to the fact that many Indonesian travellers are first-time travellers who seek security when travelling - in terms of both language and culture.

Indonesian travellers spent $8.23 billion in 2014 - an increase of 8.3% from 2013 - according to data from the World Travel and Tourism Council. The amount was a 22% increase from 2012, when spending was around $6.2 billion.

For the the fifth year in a row, Malaysia was ranked the best destination in the world for Muslim travellers. Malaysia has consistently ranked high in all criteria and factors and remains a fantastic holiday destination with an excellent Muslim-friendly environment. Read on for a detailed analysis of how Malaysia performed on the Index.

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.

A Muslim-friendly seminar was organised  by the Embassy of Malaysia together with Tourism Malaysia, targeting the Thai-Muslim markets in southern Thailand. The two-day event was held in Thailand - in Krabi on the 22nd of April and in Hatyai on the 23rd April. 

The seminar was joined by numerous southern local media representatives from Krabi and Hatyai to promote Malaysia as a prime Muslim-friendly destination. A business to business meeting was also held between seven Malaysian sellers and more than fifty local buyers from Krabi and Hatyai.

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