A recent study by DinarStandard, Global Muslim Lifestyle Travel Market: Landscape & Consumer Needs, shows the Muslim tourist market growing 4.8 percent through 2020 (compared to a global number of of 3.8 percent) and Muslim tourist spending to reach $192 billion (13.4 percent of total global expenditure) by the same year. Already a major tourism market, the Muslim tourism industry comprised 12.3 percent of the worldwide industry in 2011, spending over $126 billion – figures that outstrip Germany and almost double China’s numbers from that year.
The study lists the top destinations for Muslin travelers, in descending order: Malaysia, Turkey, the UAE, Singapore, Russia, China France, Thailand and Italy.
Rafi-uddin Shikoh, Managing Director of DinarStandard, says, “Muslim tourists may very well be the largest un-tapped niche market of the tourism Industry. Airlines, destinations and hotels/resorts can benefit tremendously by catering to the unique Muslim lifestyle travel drivers of Halal food, family friendly environments, religious practices accommodation, gender relation nuances, and other areas.”