South Africa is ranked as one of the 10 most Muslim-friendly travel destinations among non-Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries, according to the annual Mastercard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2018. It is ranked seventh among non-OIC countries.
The Mastercard-CrescentRating GMTI is an insights-driven data study of the Halal travel market which looks at 130 destinations. It confirms that the Muslim travel market is on course to continue its fast-paced growth to reach US$220bn in 2020. It is expected to hit US$300bn by 2026. In 2017, there were an estimated 131 Muslim visitor arrivals globally, up from 121 million in 2016. This is forecasted to grow to 156 million visitors by 2020, representing 10% of the travel segment.
Key metric criteria in the 2018 CrescentRating Index included access to infrastructure; communications and how destinations market themselves to this target audience; the environment; and services.
The full report is available at: https://www.crescentrating.com/halal-muslim-travel-market-reports.html