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27 Apr 2015

Malaysia promotes tourism products to Thailand's Muslim market

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 ...

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27 Apr 2015

The importance of the Muslim travel market

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 an...

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27 Apr 2015

How GMTI 2015 was created and how it became the benchmark for the Halal tourism industry

Over the past four years, CrescentRating has evaluated destinations around the world and ranked them based on how well they cater to Muslim travellers. These rankings were enhanced in 2015 to introduce the MasterCard-Crescentrating Global Musli...

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22 Apr 2015

South Korea targets medical tourists from the Middle East

The South Korean government has approved an annual budget of $4mn to promote medical tourism. The medical tourism sector in South Korea saw tourists from the Middle East spending the largest amount of money per person on medical services in 2014...

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22 Apr 2015

Istanbul to host Halal tourism conference 2015

Istanbul is set to host the world's largest international showcase of Halal travel - Halal Tourism Conference 2015 - from the 1st of December to the 3rd of December this year. The three day event will be held at the Istanbul Convention and E...

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22 Apr 2015

Australia's Gold Coast prepares for record arrivals from the Middle East

Australia's Gold Coast is expected to receive an influx of travellers from the Middle East due to the Australian Dollar declining to a level 30% cheaper than the previous summer. The number of Middle East travellers to Gold Coast increased ...

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09 Apr 2015

Two of the biggest names in Halal tourism to launch revolutionary new products at ATM 2015

Two of the world’s biggest names in halal tourism will launch new products aimed at revolutionising the fastest growing sector in the industry at the premier show for travel in the Middle East. CrescentRating and HalalTrip will be exhibiting ...

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24 Mar 2015

South Korean Government to publish Arabic guides on Halal eateries

In order to reach out to more Muslim tourists, the Government of South Korea is planning to publish Arabic versions of its official Halal restaurant guidebook. The guidebook is an excellent source of information on South Korea's local Halal ...

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20 Mar 2015

Thailand prepares to welcome Muslim tourists

In a bid to reach out to Muslim travellers, the Tourism Authority of Thailand is set to invite over a hundred tour agents and industry experts to Thailand for the Thailand Travel Mart 2015 - scheduled to be held from the 3rd to the 5th of June. ...

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20 Mar 2015

Japan sees a 41 percent increase in tourist arrivals from Malaysia

Tourist arrivals from Malaysia have increased by 41% in Japan over the course of last year. Japan received 249,500 tourists from Malaysia in 2014, in comparison to only 176,712 Malaysian tourist arrivals in 2013. The number of Malaysian tourist ...

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20 Mar 2015

Spain attracts over 1 million tourists from Muslim countries in 2014

The Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism has stated that over a million tourists from Muslim countries visited Spain during 2014. The largest number of tourist arrivals were from Algeria - around 220,000 visitors, followed by Turkey ...

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12 Mar 2015

What GMTI 2015 means for Europe

The growing importance of Europe to the Muslim travel market Europe is a key region in global travel and tourism market and for the Muslim traveller it is also very important. Both the inbound and outbound European Muslim tourist market is wo...

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10 Mar 2015

What GMTI2015 means for ASEAN countries

  Global Muslim Travel Index 2015 saw the inclusion of several ASEAN countries – including Malaysia which was ranked the best Muslim-friendly destination for Muslim travellers. Read on for more details on how other ASEAN destinations per...

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09 Mar 2015

How GMTI 2015 can be used to shape tourism strategies

The MasterCard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index 2015 - or GMTI2015 - provides useful and thorough insights into the Muslim travel market - one of the world's fastest growing tourism segments. These insights provide travellers, gover...

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04 Mar 2015

An Introduction to MasterCard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2015

The Muslim travel market is expected to expand rapidly over the next couple of years. The market segment was worth as much as $145 billion in 2014, with 108 million Muslim travellers representing 10% of the entire travel economy. In response to...

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04 Mar 2015

MasterCard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index 2015 has been released!

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. Malaysia and Singapore have been ranked the best Muslim-friendly destinations...

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03 Mar 2015

One year ago - A throwback to GMTI 2014

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 o...

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03 Mar 2015

GMTI 2013 The top Muslim-friendly destinations in 2013

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...

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27 Feb 2015

A look back at GMTI 2012

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...

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27 Feb 2015

GMTI top Muslim-friendly destinations in 2011

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 t...

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