Indonesia has been named the world’s best halal tourist destination, according to the latest Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2019, which has rated 130 destinations worldwide.
“Indonesia has made great efforts to become the best halal tourist destination in the world, including adopting the Indonesian Muslim Travel Index (IMTI), which refers to the GMTI standard,” said Crescent Rating CEO Fazal Bahardeen, on the sidelines of the publication of the 2019 GMTI report.
Indonesia led the standings with a score of 78 points.
“As the world’s best halal tourist destination, Indonesia has steadily improved its rank from sixth in 2015 to fourth in 2016, third in 2017 and second place in 2018, ahead of take the lead this year,” said Bahardeen.
He added that the GMTI report analyzes halal tourism according to four criteria, including access, communication, environment and services, indicators that the Indonesian index of Muslim travel IMTI has also adopted.
Indonesia aims to attract 20 million tourists in 2019, including 5 million in search of halal tourism.
In addition, the contribution of halal tourism to the global economy is expected to increase from $ 220 billion in 2016 to $ 300 billion in 2020, an increase of 35%. Morocco is among the top ten halal tourism destinations in the world with a score of 67 points.