Rabat- Morocco has been ranked among the best destinations for Muslim travelers within the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, according to the MasterCard and CresentRating’s 2015 Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI).
With a score of 64.4 out of 100, the results saw Morocco take the ninth place on the list for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) destinations, right between Jordan (8th) and Brunei (10th). However, the kingdom had better results. It was ranked in the sixth place in the 2014 edition of the GMTI.
Malaysia topped the list with a score of 83.8 out of 100 in the Index jointly conducted by US payment company MasterCard and CresentRating, the world’s leading authority on Halal-friendly travel.
It is followed by Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Indonesia, and Oman. Singapore topped the list for non-OIC countries ahead of Thailand, the United Kingdom, South Africa, France, Belgium, Hong Kong, the United States, Spain and Taiwan.
The ranking took into account several criteria to choose Muslim-friendly destinations including, suitability as a family holiday destination, safety for Muslims, the number of Muslim visitor arrivals, the level of services and facilities it provides for Muslim travelers (Halal dining options, availability of prayer spaces, accommodation, airport services), and the ease of communication.
In 2014, 108 Muslim travelers spent an estimated $145 billion, according to the two companies. They represent 10% of the global travel economy and the numbers are expected to grow to 150 million travelers by 2020 and spend nearly $200 billion per year. The study aims to provide travellers, Governments, travel services and investors with comprehensive benchmarks across a number of important criteria to enable them track the health and growth of the Muslim travel segment.