Indonesia climbed to the second spot in the Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2022, proving its potential and competitiveness in halal tourism. Published by CrescentRating in tandem with MasterCard, the travel index ranks countries based on their performance in catering to Muslim travelers.
Indonesia outperformed Saudi Arabia in third, Turkey in fourth, and United Arab Emirates in fifth place. Malaysia, meanwhile, has again topped the list. Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno emphasized that halal tourism did not mean the Islamization of tourist sites, but rather provides additional services to meet the needs of Muslim travelers. “We prioritize several destinations [for halal tourism], namely Aceh, West Sumatra, West Java, Lombok, and South Kalimantan,” said Sandiaga Uno.