Indonesia, M’sia and Singapore shine as top halal travel destinations

TTG Asia | April 10, 2019

Indonesia, M’sia and Singapore shine as top halal travel destinations
Indonesia has for the first time joined Malaysia to take up the top spot on the Mastercard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2019, while Singapore retained its premier position as the top Muslim-friendly non-Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) destination for Muslim travellers.Climbing up from number two, Indonesia now shares the pole position with Malaysia, with a score of 78 on the GMTI, a reflection of the sustained efforts by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism to invest in its tourism and travel industry, and develop Muslim-tourist friendly infrastructure.

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The hospitality sector is one of the key drivers of the European economy, both in terms of employment as well as of direct contribution to the economy (close to 5% of GDP*). Indeed, the hospitality industry alone created 1,6 million new jobs between 2013 and 2016 taking its workforce from 10,3 million employees to 11,9 million, while the number of enterprises raised from 1,82 to almost 2 million. Together with tourism, the hospitality sector is the 3rd largest socio-economic activity in the EU.