World Bulletin / News Desk
According a survey result, Malaysia is the most preferred global destination in the fast-growing Muslim travel market despite two catastrophic air disasters that hit the country's flag-carrier in 2014.
Islamic travel specialist says Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Indonesia followed Malaysia in the ranking of choice holiday destinations for Muslim travellers.
The report evaluates countries in terms of their attentiveness to the needs of Muslim travellers, including the presence and accessibility of "halal" restaurants with food prepared to Islamic standards, and the provision of prayer rooms at airports, shopping malls and hotels.
Scores in these and other variables were tabulated into a Global Muslim Travel Index in which Muslim-majority Malaysia came on top with a score of 83.8, followed by Turkey (73.8), UAE (72.1), Saudi Arabia (71.3), Qatar (68.2) and Indonesia (67.5).
The travel survey showed that non-Islamic countries have made strides in gaining a share of the Muslim travel market, estimated to be worth $145 billion in 2014 and forecast to grow to $200 billion by 2020.Last Mod: 05 Mart 2015, 13:39