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Malaysia Tops List Of Best Muslim-Friendly Holiday Destination In Global Muslim Travel Index 2021

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Cheng Sim  •  Jul 16, 2021

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Travelling to Malaysia may be on the back burner, but we won't stop dreaming of our future getaways to this beautiful country. With so many amazing places to visit in Malaysia, this destination never fails to find itself on our travel bucket list. If you need more reasons to visit Malaysia once the situation gets better, we have good news for Muslim travellers!

Malaysia tops list of best Muslim-friendly holiday destination in Global Muslim Travel Index 2021

Malaysia ranks first on the Global Muslim Travel Index 2021
As reported by The Star, Malaysia ranks first for the best Muslim-friendly destination for Muslim travellers in the MasterCard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2021. This achievement comes to no surprise since Malaysia has maintained their number one spot since 2015. Ranking 140 destinations with more than 95% of Muslim visitor arrivals, the results for GMTI are measured based on the 'CrescentRating ACES Model' that covers the following criteria:
  • Ease of access and communication
  • Internal and external communication by the destination
  • Environment at the destination
  •  Services provided by the destination 
Other countries such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, and United Arab Emirates are among the Muslim-friendly destinations that ranked high in GMTI 2021.

Why Malaysia is one of the best Muslim-friendly destinations in the world?

Malaysia ranks first on Global Muslim Travel Index 2021
With a Muslim population of 63%, Malaysia is one of the best Muslim-friendly destinations in the world. As the halal tourism market continues to grow, Malaysia provides ease and convenience that meet the travel needs of Muslim travellers. It also includes facilities such as the availability of prayer rooms in public spaces, halal food, Muslim-friendly accommodations as well as attractions that celebrates Islamic culture and history. If you're planning your future getaway to Malaysia, begin your journey in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city that's brimming with exciting things to do, halal cafes, Instagrammable hotels, and tourist attractions like the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia. You can also enjoy halal food in Penang, explore things to do in Melaka, or plan a weekend getaway in Ipoh . It's safe to say that there are many things to do in Malaysia! We may be pausing our travel plans to Malaysia right now, but we're definitely excited to uncover what this country has to offer for Muslim travellers once we tide over the pandemic.