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10 May 2017

Key Segments in the Muslim Travel Market

In addition to the increasing availability of Muslim-friendly travel services, another key factor driving the demand of Muslim travel is the growth in the Muslim population itself and the rise of younger Muslim travelers. Here's a closer loo...

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09 May 2017

Mega Trends in the Muslim Consumer Market

With an expenditure of about USD 155 billion in 2016, the Muslim Travel Market is one significant contributor to the overall Muslim consumer market - which is estimated to be worth USD 2 to 3 trillion across various Halal industries of food, lif...

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08 May 2017

10 Pressing Questions Facing the Muslim Travel Segment

The Muslim Travel Market is growing amidst a dynamic landscape with various environmental factors set to change and affect businesses and consumers. While the future remains optimistic, here are 10 key questions to help the Muslim travel industr...

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03 May 2017

Mapping GMTI to User Experience & the Introduction of the ACES Tool

The launch of the Mastercard-Crescentrating Global Muslim Travel Index for the year 2017 saw the introduction of the GMTI Experience Map and the new ACES Tool - to help destinations identify and understand how they can better appeal to the Musli...

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26 Apr 2016

GMTI 2016 Criteria Overview

Global Muslim Travel Index 2016 featured a total of 11 criteria that were used to determine the level of Muslim-friendliness destinations around the world. Listed below is an outline of the criteria used by the index.   Family-Friendly De...

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11 Apr 2016

A Comparison of 2015 and 2016 GMTI40

GMTI40 tracks the average score of the Top 20 OIC and Top 20 non-OIC destinations to form a key index to monitor the performance of the Muslim travel segment. The overall Average GMTI Score for Top 20 non-OIC destinations has improved to 50.3 in...

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08 Apr 2016

Comparison of OIC Destinations vs Non-OIC Destinations on GMTI 2016

At a macro level, the Muslim population can be segmented by those in Muslim-majority countries and those living as sizeable minorities. Whilst the Muslim tourism market is sizeable and an attractive growth market, it is geographically distribute...

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05 Apr 2016

What GMTI 2016 Means for European Countries

Europe is home to a large Muslim population and is a key region for the travel industry, playing an important role in terms of both inbound and outbound tourism. Inbound tourism for Europe in particular contributes greatly to the travel economy ...

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31 Mar 2016

See Photos from the Global Muslim Travel Index 2015 launch

MasterCard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2015 report was launched in March 2015. The launch event took place in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Here are some of the photos from the launch event. 


Matthew Driver Speaking at the GMTI 2015 launch

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31 Mar 2016

What GMTI 2016 Means for ASEAN Countries

A total of nine ASEAN countries were analyzed by GMTI 2016 – Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Read on for more details on how these ASEAN destinations performed on the Index and how wel...

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30 Mar 2016

A Regional Analysis of GMTI 2016 Scores

Global Muslim Travel Index 2016 analysed destinations from five main regions - Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas and Oceania. The average GMTI score was calculated for each of these regions to see how well they fared against the Index's 11 ...

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28 Mar 2016

GMTI 2016 Results and Summary of Findings

Now in its second year, MasterCard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index has evolved to cover 130 destinations against a total of 11 criteria and continues to provide comprehensive benchmarks to help track the growth of the lucrative Muslim ...

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27 Mar 2016

The 11 Criteria that make up the Global Muslim Travel Index 2016

The MasterCard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2016 was released in March 2016. GMTI 2016 looks at in-depth data covering 130 destinations. This year two new criteria – air connectivity and visa restrictions – have been a...

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23 Mar 2016

How GMTI 2016 is Influencing the Muslim Travel Market

When the MasterCard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index was first published in 2015, it provided groundbreaking insights into the Muslim travel market - one of the world's fastest growing tourism segments. Its second release in 2016 ha...

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11 Dec 2015

Six stats you should know about Muslim travel to the USA

The Muslim travel to the United States of America has become a hot topic currently.  Below is how the USA numbers stack up in terms of the Muslim travel market based on the recent reports published by CrescentRating. 1. Muslim visitor arriv...

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03 Sep 2015

GMTI report criteria for Muslim visitor arrivals

One of the biggest indicators of the popularity of a destination is the volume of Muslim visitor arrivals. This is the first time this criteria has been included in the Index. The Muslim visitor arrival figures have been extracted by applying Cr...

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18 Aug 2015

GMTI report criteria for safe travel environment

A safe and secure environment is key to attracting any tourist to a destination. Historically, empirical studies reveal a very high correlation between a safe travel environment and the number of tourist arrivals to a particular destination. Thu...

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30 Jul 2015

GMTI report criteria for family friendly holiday destination

As one of the important criteria, GMTI takes into account the popularity of a destination for holidays as well as its family friendliness. More than 50% of Muslim tourists travel with their families - a much higher percentage compared with ot...

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24 Jul 2015

GMTI Report Primary Index

GMTI40 tracks the average score of the top 20 OIC and top 20 non-OIC destinations to form a key index to monitor the performance of the Muslim travel segment throughout the year. The GMTI40 will be updated quarterly to provide frequent monitorin...

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16 Jul 2015

GMTI Report Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2015 Results

Against the backdrop of a new set of criteria Malaysia topped the 2015 Index with a score of 83.8. It was followed by Turkey at 73.8 and UAE at 72.1. It is the fifth year in a row that Malaysia has ranked number one having topped the previous r...

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