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TOP 10 HALAL DESTINATIONS IN 2017

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A new comprehensive research finds out the top performing Muslim travel destinations in 2017. In 2016, the estimated total Muslim visitor arrivals were 121 million, up from 117 in 2015, representing 10 percent of the entire travel economy. This is expected to grow to 156 million travelers in 2020, spending over US$220 billion.

According to the most comprehensive research released on the global Muslim travel market, The Mastercard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2017, announced the top ranking countries for global Muslim travel. The study ranks top countries of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as well as non-OIC.

Malaysia and Singapore continue to top the list of OIC and non-OIC markets for the third consecutive year.

Singapore retained its pole position for the non-OIC destinations, with Thailand, the UK, South Africa and Hong Kong rounding up the top five. Japan moved up two places to take sixth spot with Spain entering the top 10 for the first time.

Overall Top 10 Destinations (OIC & Non-OIC)
20172016
RankDestinationScoreDestinationScore
1Malaysia82.5Malaysia81.9
2United Arab Emirates76.9United Arab Emirates74.7
3Indonesia72.6Turkey73.9
4Turkey72.4Indonesia70.6
5Saudi Arabia71.4Qatar70.5
6Qatar70.5Saudi Arabia70.4
7Morocco68.1Oman70.3
8Oman67.9Singapore68.4
9Bahrain67.9Morocco68.3
10Singapore67.3Jordan65.4

 

Top 10 OIC Destinations
20172016
RankDestinationScoreDestinationScore
1Malaysia82.5Malaysia81.9
2United Arab Emirates76.9United Arab Emirates74.7
3Indonesia72.6Turkey73.9
4Turkey72.4Indonesia70.6
5Saudi Arabia71.4Qatar70.5
6Qatar70.5Saudi Arabia70.4
7Morocco68.1Oman70.3
8Oman67.9Morocco68.3
9Bahrain67.9Jordan65.4
10Iran66.8Bahrain65.3

 

Top 10 Non-OIC Destinations
20172016
RankDestinationScoreDestinationScore
1Singapore67.3Singapore68.4
2Thailand61.8Thailand59.5
3United Kingdom60.0United Kingdom59.0
4South Africa53.6South Africa53.1
5Hong Kong53.2Hong Kong53.0
6Japan52.8France51.6
7Taiwan52.4Taiwan50.1
8France52.1Japan49.1
9Spain48.8Sri Lanka49.0
10United States48.6United States48.9

Source : FTN NEWS

Photograph : © Paul Reiffer

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