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This map shows the top travel destinations of Muslims for shopping

Singapore tops non-Islamic peers.

The MasterCard-CrescentRating Muslim Shopping Travel Index 2015 (MTSI 2015) has revealed Muslim travellers spent a total of $62 billion globally in shopping and dining. In particular, the shopping expenditure by Muslims last year amounted to $36 billion, while dining expenditure amounted to $26 billion.

Guess where these huge amounts get into?

The MTSI 2015 looks at in-depth data covering Muslim travel shopping from 40 international cities creating an overall index, based on a number of criteria. It is the first time detailed insights have been provided on the consumer spending behaviour of Muslim travellers.

The 40 international cities covered in the MTSI 2015 were scored against a comprehensive set of metrics which included suitability as a shopping destination, Muslim friendly services and facilities and ease of travel. Each criterion was then weighted to make up the overall index score.

Dubai topped the ranking for overall Muslim Travel Shopping with a score of 79.5 followed by Kuala Lumpur with a score of 73.3. Singapore scored 71.6 on the Index making it the number one ranked city from the non-OIC countries and third in the overall list.

Bali also made into the top 10 scoring 58.2 closely followed by Penang with 56.9. In total, Asia Pacific contributed 14 cities to the overall top 40 list.

A significant highlight of the MTSI 2015 was the high number of non-OIC countries featuring in the top 40 list.

Singapore, secured a rank among the top five overall destinations for Muslim traveller shopping. This further revealed the potential for non-OIC destinations, with 25 on the list, to attract Muslim travellers by proactively catering to this segment.

The MTSI 2015 is the latest research collaboration between MasterCard and CrescentRating on this sector following the launch of the Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2015 earlier this year.

The 40 international cities covered in the MTSI 2015 were scored against a comprehensive set of metrics which included suitability as a shopping destination, Muslim friendly services and facilities and ease of travel. Each criterion was then weighted to make up the overall index score.

Dubai topped the ranking for overall Muslim Travel Shopping with a score of 79.5 followed by Kuala Lumpur with a score of 73.3. Singapore scored 71.6 on the Index making it the number one ranked city from the non-OIC countries and third in the overall list.

Bali also made into the top 10 scoring 58.2 closely followed by Penang with 56.9. In total, Asia Pacific contributed 14 cities to the overall top 40 list.

A significant highlight of the MTSI 2015 was the high number of non-OIC countries featuring in the top 40 list.

Singapore, secured a rank among the top five overall destinations for Muslim traveller shopping. This further revealed the potential for non-OIC destinations, with 25 on the list, to attract Muslim travellers by proactively catering to this segment.

Earlier this year, the GMTI 2015 showed that in 2014, the Muslim travel segment was worth $145 billion with 108 million Muslim travellers representing 10% of the entire travel economy.

This is forecasted to grow to 150 million visitors by 2020 and 11% of the market segment with a market value projected to grow to $200 billion. 

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This map shows the top travel destinations of Muslims for shopping

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