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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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26 Feb 2015

The History of GMTI

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 - whi...

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23 Feb 2015

Indonesia to target more visitors with Muslim-friendly tourism

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 prom...

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11 Feb 2015

Kyoto sees an influx of tourists from GCC countries

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 ...

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10 Feb 2015

Travel agents here's your opportunity to reach out to the Muslim travel market!

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 profile...

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18 Dec 2014

Global Muslim consumer market targeted by new internet ventures

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 e...

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15 Dec 2014

MasterCard’s 2.4 trillion USD Muslim lifestyle man

Participation Finance/Banking (Rushdi Siddiqui) / 14 December 2014 Innovation is key for MasterCard in developing best-in-class Islamic payment products and solutions An informative conversation with the man behind MasterCard’s burgeonin...

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08 Dec 2014

Western countries turning to Halal tourism

With Muslim-friendly tourism on the rise in Europe, Halal-conscious travellers are now looking beyond Muslim countries for travel options. France has become the most-sought-after destination in Europe, followed by England and Italy.  The Uni...

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05 Dec 2014

Sonesta Hotel El Olivar Peru's luxury Muslim-friendly hotel

Peru's first ever hotel to be awarded Muslim-friendly accreditation by CrescentRating - Sonesta Hotel El Olivar - is a five-star luxury hotel in Lima - the vibrant capital of the country. Given a rating of 5 by CrescentRating based on the fa...

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02 Dec 2014

Johor Halal tourism fair 2014 records RM500,000 in sales

A sales transaction of RM 500,000 has been recorded at the Johor Halal Tourism Fair 2014, held at Plaza Angsana in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. The three-day Halal Tourism Fair held on the 28th, 29th and 30th of November saw the participation of 45 to...

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02 Dec 2014

Sonesta Hotel El Olivar Becomes Peru's First Muslim-Friendly Hotel to be Accredited by CrescentRating

Sonesta Hotel El Olivar - a luxury five-star hotel located in the heart of the San Isidro district of Lima, recently became the first hotel in Peru to be awarded Muslim-friendly accreditation by CrescentRating. Sonesta Hotel El Olivar, which has...

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18 Nov 2014

Why Muslim-friendly spas are a hit amongst Muslim travellers

  Though spas and wellness treatments are a favourite component of travel amongst many leisure travellers, most Muslim travellers are unable to experience spa treatments since a majority of spas and wellness centres around the world do not m...

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18 Nov 2014

More non-Muslim countries eager to attract Muslim tourists

With facilities such as Halal food and prayer facilities becoming increasingly available in many destinations around the world, Muslim travellers are venturing further into European and Asian destinations such as France, Italy, South Korea and J...

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13 Nov 2014

Japan successfully reaching out to Muslim travellers

Due to efforts made by Japan to tap into the Muslim tourist market, facilities for Muslim travellers such as Halal food are being made increasingly available across the country. By tapping into the growing Muslim tourist market, Japan hopes to d...

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