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CrescentRating and MasterCard officially launch Muslim Travel Shopping Index 2015!

CrescentRating and MasterCard have officially released the results of the Muslim Travel Shopping Index 2015, revealing the world's best shopping destinations for Muslim travellers in 2015! 

Both Dubai and Singapore topped the rankings on the index – in the OIC category and non-OIC category respectively – to claim the title of being the world's best shopping destinations for Muslim travellers. A complete listing of the top 10 destinations for both categories is given below.

The top 10 OIC destinations in the MTSI 2015 are: 

Rank

MTSI Rank

City

Country

Score

1

1

Dubai

United Arab Emirates

79.5

2

2

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia

73.3

3

5

Istanbul

Turkey

64.2

4

6

Antalya

Turkey

61.2

5

7

Manama

Bahrain

59.6

6

8

Doha

Qatar

59.5

7

9

Riyadh

Saudi Arabia

59.3

8

10

Bali

Indonesia

58.2

9

11

Penang

Malaysia

56.9

10

12

Sharjah

United Arab Emirates

55.3

 

The top 10 non-OIC destinations in the MTSI 2015 are: 

Rank

MTSI Rank

City

Country

Score

1

3

Singapore

Singapore

71.6

2

4

London

United Kingdom

64.7

3

13

Paris

France

52.7

4

14

Bangkok

Thailand

51.1

5

15

New York

United States

49.9

6

16

Barcelona

Spain

46.6

7

17

Seoul

South Korea

43.5

8

18

Phuket

Thailand

41.8

9

19

Cape Town

South Africa

39.4

10

20

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

39.0

 

The Muslim Travel Shopping Index analysed 40 international cities, scoring each destination against various criteria and metrics to determine how well they could cater to Muslim travellers. The index focuses on the two main aspects of a Muslim shopper’s trip – shopping and dining – and provides a detailed insight into the consumer spending behaviour of a Muslim traveller.

Research conducted also showed that Muslim travellers spent a total of $62 billion globally in shopping and dining for the year 2014.  The shopping expenditure by Muslim travellers amounted to a value of $36 billion and dining expenditure to $26 billion

The launch of the index aims to better facilitate the shopping and dining behaviour of the growing Muslim travel segment, while providing travellers, destinations, investors and others in the travel industry a better understanding of the requirements and preferences of the Muslim shopper.

The Index is the latest research publication by MasterCard and CrescentRating, following the launch of the Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2015 earlier this year.

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