The increasing number and affluence of Muslims has led to speculations of a projected boom in the number of Muslim-lifestyle inspired travelling attractions in the coming years. The Muslim tourists, who many come from the oil-rich Middle East, have reportedly spent US$126 billion last year. By 2020, it is even predict they might spend up to US$192 billion.
Cresentrating, a Singapore-based halal travel specialist, and US-based firm DinarStandard conducted the study in 47 countries. According to Fazal Bahardeen, Cresentrating’s chief executive, Islamic countries were already popular tourists’ spots, such as Egypt, Malaysia and Indonesia, but considering the increasing trend in halal travel attractions, even non-Islamic countries are thinking of revamping their tourism styles.
Muslim tourists mostly travel to Malaysia, the top destination even in the season of Ramadan, when Muslims are required to fast.
Fazal also said that countries like Thailand and Australia are also now learning to accommodate the needs of these Muslim travelers. Facilities for Muslim travellers are booming, such as halal restaurants and spas, and prayer rooms at airports and hotels.
The Economist Intelligence Unit further cited that meeting the needs of the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims is fueling business opportunities in numerous sectors around the globe.