M’sia still number one destination in RM855b Muslim travel market

M’sia still number one destination in RM855b Muslim travel market

Malaysia has upheld its position as the number one destination in the global Muslim travel market as rivals are looking to close the gap fast, according to the leading annual research on the sector.

The Mastercard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2018, which covers 130 destinations, saw Malaysia retain the premier spot for the eighth consecutive year, while Indonesia built on its year-on-year growth by moving up to joint second with the United Arab Emirates in the overall rankings.

The index also reveals that a number of non-Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) destinations in Asia moved up the rankings – a result of their concerted effort to adapt their services to cater to and attract the Muslim travel market.

Top 10 OIC Destinations

Top 10 Non-OIC Destinations

Singapore retained its pole position for the non-OIC destination markets, ahead of Thailand and the United Kingdom, while Japan and Taiwan surged into the top five for the first time since the GMTI was released.

The GMTI 2018 confirmed the Muslim travel market is on course to continue its fast-paced growth to reach US$220 billion (RM855 billion) in 2020. It is expected to grow a further US$80 billion to hit US$300 billion (RM1.16 trillion) by 2026.

In 2017, there were an estimated 131 million Muslim visitor arrivals globally – up from 121 million in 2016 – and this is forecasted to grow to 156 million visitors by 2020 representing 10 percent of the travel segment.

“We are now starting to see the impact of investment and commitment by destinations across the world into the Muslim travel market which is reaping rewards including a real shift in the rankings.

“The concerted efforts of destinations such as Indonesia, Singapore, Japan and Taiwan using data and insights from the previous GMTI reports have to be commended as they are now closing the gap,” said Fazal Bahardeen, CEO of CrescentRating & HalalTrip.

“This year we have revamped the Index criteria to better reflect the growth strategies implemented by destinations to welcome the Muslim travellers resulting in positive movement across the Index.

“We have also released the ‘CrescentRating Growth & Innovation Model’ to help destinations practically use this report to strategize growth and innovation for this fast paced travel segment,” added Bahardeen.

Malaysia scored an Index score of 80.6, followed by UAE and Indonesia at 72.8. In comparison, Singapore which was the highest scoring non-OIC destination, scored 66.2.

Taiwan and Japan have continued to improve their overall ranking with the average GMTI scores by region contributing to Asia as the leading region in the world for attracting Muslim visitors followed by Europe.

“It has been a pleasure to work with CrescentRating in providing in-depth insights on the Muslim travel market for related stakeholders in the tourism industry. Many already successful destinations around the world are looking to diversify their visitor base to maintain tourist growth rates in today’s increasingly competitive travel market.

“The fast growing Muslim travel segment is an opportunity in plain sight but in order to benefit from it, it is crucial to understand the needs and preferences of Muslim travelers and how to adapt and tailor products and services for them.

“We believe that the GMTI provides real value to businesses and governments looking to tap into this important and growing market segment and hope that this effort will continue to drive Halal tourism,” said Safdar Khan, Mastercard Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei division president Brunei.

It is estimated the Asean region will welcome over 18 million Muslim visitor arrivals by 2020, representing close to 15 percent of the visitor arrivals to the region.

“Based on the index, Malaysia continues to reinforce its status as the leading halal destination in the world. This is reflective based on numerous initiatives taken by industry players to integrate more Muslim-friendly services and facilities as part of Malaysia’s travel and tourism offerings.

“As the size of the Muslim travel market evolves upward, so does the economic potential. Malaysian businesses will need to better understand and analyse the demand as well as develop new propositions in order to stay ahead of the curve,” Safdar Khan added.

Some of these initiatives include the establishment of the Islamic Tourism Centre to facilitate market intelligence, tourism policy development and capacity-building services and an upcoming framework under the Halal Industry Master Plan 2.0 to address industry developments.

The GMTI is now the premier insights-driven data helping destinations, travel services and investors track the health and growth of this travel segment while benchmarking their individual progress in reaching out to the Muslim traveler.

The GMTI is now the premier insights-driven data helping destinations, travel services and investors track the health and growth of this travel segment while benchmarking their individual progress in reaching out to the Muslim traveler.

All 130 destinations in the GMTI 2018 have been scored against a backdrop of criteria with some new metrics added for this year’s research, including the CrescentRating Growth-Innovation Model.

Key metric criteria included access which includes infrastructure; communications and looking at how destinations market themselves to a target audience; environment and services. Each criterion is then weighted to make up the overall index score.

Invest Selangor Berhad Officially Launches 2nd Selangor International Business Summit

Invest Selangor Berhad Officially Launches 2nd Selangor International Business Summit

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 March 2018 – Invest Selangor Berhad today announced that the Selangor International Business Summit series is back for its second edition this year, following its astounding success in 2017, which saw a total of 22, 000 visitors and generated RM 204.2 million in transaction value. SIBS 2018 is set to run for 10 days, from 6 – 16 September 2018, at Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC).

It will feature three main events as follow:

  • Selangor International Expo 2018: 4th edition | 6 – 9 September 2018
  • Selangor-ASEAN Business Conference 2018: 2nd edition | 6 – 7 September 2018
  • Selangor Smart City & Digital Economy Convention 2018: formerly known as the Smart City International Convention | 13 – 15 September 2018

“We are honoured that SIBS 2018 has received formal endorsement from MATRADE, and that Malaysia Airlines Berhad is onboard as the summit’s official airline partner. Also strongly supporting us this year are 19 partners, to date, from local and international business chambers and councils”

, said Yang Berhormat Dato’ Teng Chang Khim, Senior Executive Councillor of the State Government of Selangor, during the Official Launch of SIBS 2018 today.

“In the wake of the current global economic situation, it is imperative for ASEAN countries to operate as a united community, in support of each other. As the Gateway to ASEAN, Selangor will act as a centre-point that hosts and connects a rich network of trade industry players globally, by leveraging a solid platform like SIBS 2018”, Teng further adds.

“Invest Selangor Berhad is proud to organise an event of such positive magnitude, as part of its efforts to position Selangor as a global trading hub and a significant gateway to ASEAN for domestic and international businesses”

said Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Hasan Azhari Haji Idris, Chief Executive Officer of Invest Selangor Berhad. He further added that SIBS 2018 is set to generate lucrative business opportunities and partnerships, as well as provide exposure of the latest technological developments globally.

The summit series will continue to adopt a highly focused and result oriented setting. One of the summit’s main events – Selangor International Expo 2018 with a focus on food and beverage (F&B), will act as a solid platform to connect industry players through its effective business matching programme and hosted international buyers programme. Subsequently, other events will highlight international market opportunities through ASEAN economic integration, discuss global market developments and trends as well as showcase industry-led digital capabilities in Selangor.

Below is the list of local and international local and international business chambers and councils that have officially come on board as supporting partners of SIBS 2018, as of today:

No. Organisations
1. ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) Malaysia
2. British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce
3. Dewan Perdagangan Islam Malaysia Selangor
4. Dewan Perniagaan Melayu Malaysia Selangor
5. EU-Malaysian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
6. Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (Selangor Branch)
7. Italy Malaysia Business Association
8. Klang Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry
9. Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
10. Malaysia Retail Chain Association
11. Malaysia Specialty Coffee Association
12. Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce
13. Malaysian Danish Business Council
14. Malaysian French Chamber of Commerce & Industry
15. Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry
16. Malaysian Spanish Chamber of Commerce & Industry
17. Malaysian-Finnish Business Council
18. SME Association of Malaysia
19. Tea Trade Association Of Malaysia
20. The Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor

For enquiries on investment in Selangor, please visit

Break Boundaries & Leap Beyond Malaysia

Break Boundaries & Leap Beyond Malaysia

Internet Alliance Malaysia Internet Business Summit 2017 (IA MIBS 2017) To Discuss Cross-Border E-Commerce With Experienced Industry Players This Coming November

MALAYSIA, NOVEMBER 13, 2017 − Internet Alliance Malaysia Internet Business Summit 2017 (IA MIBS 2017), a momentous grand scale annual Internet business event that provides an effective platform and opportunities for knowledge sharing, and intensive learning and networking among experienced industry players (such as KS Chan, the president of Internet Alliance; Sunny Ooi, Co-founder of ClickAsia; WJ Leow, CEO of Photobook Worldwide, and many more), brand owners, distributors, digital marketers, E-Commerce merchants, online and tech startups, large corporations, SMEs etc will kick-start at MaGIC, Cyberjaya on November 23, 2017, according to an announcement made by the organizer, the Exabytes Group, a leading web hosting provider in Southeast Asia.

The summit is the third in the series targeting over 300 delegates around Malaysia, and numerous business partners who are already in E-Commerce or related to the online business industry. This year, IA MIBS 2017 will focus on cross-border E-Commerce. 

For full agenda details, visit:

Break Boundaries, Leap Beyond Malaysia

With the official slogan “Break Boundaries, Leap Beyond Malaysia”, the summit aims to delve into numerous topics such as the following:

  • Championing Malaysia Digital Economy
  • Data Globalisation of eCommerce
  • The Global eCommerce Trust Mark
  • Things You Should Know About Global and Cross-border eCommerce
  • Break Boundaries, Leap Beyond Malaysia
  • Global Internet Trends: how to formulate your strategy around it
  • The Digital Economy Is Dead Without Cybersecurity

Tickets – Buy One Free One Promotion

Buy one free one ticket promotion is now available for hot zone tickets. For further ticket information, kindly visit

About Internet Alliance

Internet Alliance (IA) or also known as “Persatuan Hubungan Internet Selangor dan Kuala Lumpur”, is a non-profit association set up in 2010 to represent the country’s major pool of Internet service and ‘middleware’ infrastructure providers – ranging web hosting companies, data centres, payment gateway and Cloud providers, web platform enablers, and eCommerce solutions provider.

IA serves as an effective networking platform for its entrepreneur-spirited members to educate and empower each other within a conducive ecosystem in order to share valuable learning and expertise amongst Internet leaders.

There are currently over 50 IA corporate members whose collective customer-base enables and facilitates about 85% of Malaysia’s entire internet scene.

IA aspires to provide a single unified voice to support common interests of Malaysia’s internet business sector by acting as the platform and lead to seek both national and international dialogue on cyber ecommerce and cloud matters regarding internet environment, security, legality and commercialisation.

Australian Migration Business & Investment Opportunity

Australian Migration Business & Investment Opportunity

Australian Migration Business & Investment Opportunity

Business Migration

If you are a business owner or an investor ready to expand and start your business in Australia, you will benefit by attending this seminar.

You will get to understand your eligibility and the end-to- end process in acquiring your Australian Permanent Residency.

Following the seminar, the eligible and contracting applicant will be able to meet W.A State Nomination Manager; Bruno Delfante on 22nd October 2017 at our PJ office for provisional approval.

To be eligible for one of the Business Visas, the applicant must meet the following financial metrics.

Types of business visas and financial requirements:

1. VISA 132 – Business Talent; Stream A – Business History (Immediate Permanent Visa)

  • Business owner; Annual revenue of at least AU$3 million in any 2 years of the last 4 years
  • Business ownership with 30% equity
  • At least AU$400,000 business equity value.
  • Personal and business assets of at least AU$1.5 million
  • No point tests.

2. VISA 188 – Business Investor Stream (Provisional) (Converted into Permanent Visa after 4 years)

  • Business and personal assets of at least AU$2.25 million
  • Interest bearing capital guaranteed investment of at least AU$1.5 million
  • 65 score points assessment.
  • 2 years of residency in 4 years (accumulatively)
  • 3. VISA 188 – Business Innovation Stream. (Provisional) (Converted into Permanent Visa after 4 years)

  • Business owners; annual revenue of at least AU$500,000 in any 2 years in the last 4 years.
  • Personal and business assets of at least AU$800,000
  • Business ownership with 30% business equity
  • 65 score points assessment
  • 4. VISA 188C – Significant Investor Visa (SIV) (Provisional) (Converted into Permanent Visa after 4 years)

  • Total assets of AU$5 million in managed funds
  • No point test, no age limit and no English language requirements.
  • No Australian residence tax obligations.
  • 160 days of residency in 4 years.
  • *Other business visa categories available               *Private counselling available post seminar

    Location & Date

    Venue:Hilton Hotel,PJ
    Date:Saturday, 07 October 2017
    Time:02:00 – 06:00 PM

    *Admission is strictly by pre-registration ONLY owing to limited seats.

    There will be discussions on the latest Commonwealth government migration regulations, eligibility rules and policies on State Nomination, types of visas and details on projects available for overseas investors.

    Presenting at the seminar is a prominent Australian Migration agent with over 27 years of practice hands-on experience, CEO of Australian Migration Agents, Mr. Robert Chelliah.

    Through AMA they will assist you in your business strategizing and expansion into Australia, providing a one stop platform, step by step guidance and assistance to the applicant and their family from beginning to Post Arrival Support Services (final and settlement stage for successful applicants.)

    Speakers

    Robert Chelliah
    CEO Australia Migration Agents Group of Companies
    MARN:92-54011

    Bruno Delfante
    W.A State Nomination Manager

    Overseas investors can invest and start and/or expand their business into Australia in many selected fields such as Property Ownership and Development, Ecotourism, Food & Beverage, Hospitality Industries and many more.

    The state government of Australia has zero interference over the conduct of private businesses, another plus point for business migrants choosing Australia as their preferred investment destination.

    Details of available projects:

  • Supermarket – Grocers – Investment value >AU$500,000.
  • Property Development – Apartment, townhouse project – land ownership >AU$1million.
  • Commercial warehouse – Poultry and food produce – Ownership >AU$1million.
  • Manufacturing – Business ownership AU$1.2million.
  • Property Development – luxury villas project >AU$1.5million.
  • CLICK HERE for other available projects
  • Other business and investment fields open to investors: Commercial and domestic property development, Eco tourism & Hospitality Industry, Food and Beverage, Agro cultivation and Commercial Horticulture, Retail Outlets and many other areas.

    Where acquisition of existing business or purchase of residential property is done with the assistance of the agent, Australian Migration Agents Pty Ltd offers the commissions we obtain from the broker and vendor back to you in the form of a refund of our professional fees by the end of your engagement term.

    *Admission is strictly by pre-registration ONLY owing to limited seats.

    Education has also been one of the primary factors taken into consideration when choosing a country to migrate for the family.

    For holders of Australian Provisional and Permanent visas, dependent children are entitled to free education under the Australian Government up to year 12.

    The Australian National Education is voted 4th best education in the world in 2017 based on their well-developed public education system.

    For a financially-able middle and upper-class Malaysian, quality education is often pursued through international schools and institutions.

    An average Malaysian would have to spend up to RM1.4 million over 12 years of education for each child attending one of the top 5 international schools. Given that a typical Malaysian family has an average of 2 children, these figures are doubled and will come up to as much as RM2.8 million for 12 years of education.

    This savings of up to RM2.8 million that most families have calculated ahead of time, can then be allocated as an investment for a large property in a suburb in Australia where the top state school is located.

    AMA has hundreds of proven and outstanding winning records in facilitating investors with their business expansion and investments plans into Australia.

    Chelliah is an expert in legislative migration and handling complex cases, he is a skilled strategist and also a well-known media commentator.

    With a 100% success track record, Chelliah has over 40 years of working experience with the Australian Commonwealth Government Immigration Department making AMA one of the longest serving migration agents in Australia.

    Attend the seminar and discover how you can make your migration plans a successful one.

    AMA is an Australian migration agency established in 1994 that practices with the highest integrity and ethics complying with their mission statement of

    “WE DO ONLY ONE THING & WE DO IT BEST!”

    *Admission is strictly by pre-registration ONLY owing to limited seats.

    More Information:
    Australian Migration Agents Pty Ltd

    Robert +6012 348 2961
    Dessy +6016 411 5672
    Gayathrie +6012 340 5590
    Shalini +6012 787 5590

    The Speakers’ Line Up – Check out Who are the Invited Speakers & Sharing Topics

    The Speakers’ Line Up – Check out Who are the Invited Speakers & Sharing Topics

    The Speakers’ Line Up - Check out Who are the Invited Speakers & Sharing Topics

    If you have yet to know about our upcoming event – Exabytes Internet Marketing Summit 2017 (#EIMS2017), here you go with the details:

    Date 8 August 2017 (Tuesday)
    Time 9AM to 6PM
    Vanue Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) | Block 3730, Persiaran Apec, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia

    It is an event about Digital Marketing, where you can learn all the marketing strategies & trends, from Facebook, Google, Email & Content Marketing, to help on your business! Now let’s check out the invited speakers of #EIMS2017

    Data Driven Marketing Opportunities

    Mr. Chan is going to share how you can do analysis on the data collection and how to run an experiment to prove that it worked

    Speaker: Chan Kin Peng, Founding Partner, Kasatria Technologies Sdn. Bhd.

    Optimizing Your Email Marketing Funnel For Maximum Conversions

    Learn the different stages of n email marketing funnel, what initiatives to do at each stage to convert leads to customers, and how to optimize and track each step of the way to ensure maximum conversion.

    Speaker: Mellissa Lee, Head of GetResponse Malaysia

    How to Increase Your Landing Page Conversion Rate?

    What are the things you should take note for your landing page in order to increase conversation rate

    Speaker: Ashley Ong, Regional Google Trainer, at Google Partner Academy

    On top of that, Chia Ting Ting, Company Director cum Head of Digital Content Marketing and Advertising Sales, FG Media/ Malaysiakini will be the Invited Moderator of the panel discussion.

    Topic of the panel discussion is
    “Don’t Go Viral For The Wrong Reasons”.

    “Everyone knows the powerful of viral marketing – But should going viral the first thing on your mind? Or should you be focusing on creating great relevant content that matters to your audience?”

    The invited panelists are:
    1) Roger Wong, Head of Digital, Shock Media Studio
    2) Aaron, CEO/Founder, Goody25
    3) Greeno Sia, Co-founder, ViralCham – Rojaklah
    4) Christine Anysha Paul, Regional Digital Lead, DEX Ventures

    To know more about creating viral content

    you shall attend this marketing summit with your friends together, as Buy 1 Free 1 ticket deal is still on-going.

    Exabytes Internet Marketing Summit is Back for 2017

    Exabytes Internet Marketing Summit is Back for 2017

    Exabytes Internet Marketing Summit is Back for 2017

    KUALA LUMPUR – Exabytes Network Sdn Bhd, Malaysia’s leading website and e-commerce hosting provider, has announced that the Exabytes Internet Marketing Summit 2017 will be held on the 8th of August.

    Started in year 2015, the Exabytes Internet Marketing Summit, or EIMS, is a momentous grand scale annual Internet Business event, which provides an effective platform and opportunities for knowledge sharing, intensive learning and networking among influential industry giants, branding and advertising specialists, freelance webmasters and more. EIMS aims to gather numerous experienced Digital Marketers and Gurus to provide insights on the current situations, strategies, as well as techniques and advancements related to the Digital Marketing Industry. At the same time, EIMS also provides on-the-spot consultations that would be highly valuable to digital marketers regardless of their industries or the scale of their businesses.

    “For the past 2 years, numerous marketers, business owners and even professors from colleges and universities attended EIMS to gain directions for their companies, maximize exposure and build good network with other marketers and experts in the industry. It’s our honour to organize this event every single year since 2015. EIMS participants can expect to meet various world class marketers at the event and learn everything first hand,” the organizing chairperson, Mr Vickson Tan said in a statement

    Among the topics that would be discussed at the annual digital marketing event are 10 Common Mistakes When Advertising on Google AdWords; Optimizing Your Email Marketing Funnel For Maximum Conversions; Building a Growth Stack : How to pioneer your customer funnel; How to Increase Your Landing Page Conversion Rate?; Don’t Go Viral For The Wrong Reasons; Satisfying a Hunger to Create and Share; The Ultimate SEO Trends & Algorithms and etc.

    Keynote Speakers

    Mellissa Lee

    Head of GetResponse Malaysia

    Kanika Agarwal

    CEO & Founder of Passion Peers

    Jerrick Yeoh

    Marketing Manager Exabytes Digital

    Ashley Ong

    Regional Google Trainer, Google Partner Academy

    Carol Fung

    Manager of eCommerce Adoption & Ecosystem Upliftment, eCommerce Enablement Division, MDEC

    Chan Kin Peng

    Founding Partner of Kasatria Technologies

    Junaida Orangzib

    Manager of B40 Division, MDEC

    Moderators & Panelists

    Sunny Ooi

    Co-founder & Managing Director of ClickAsia Malaysia and Singapore

    Roger Wong

    Head of Digital of Shock Media Studio

    Jerrick Yeoh

    Marketing Manager of Exabytes Digital

    Joseph Goh

    Founder/CEO of Jobbie

    Chia Ting Ting

    Company Director cum Head of Digital Content Marketing and Advertising Sales, FG Media/Malaysiakini

    Aaron Lim

    Managing Director & Founder of Goody Technologies

    Greeno Sia

    Co-founder of ViralCham-Rojaklah

    Chan Kin Peng

    Founding Partner of Kasatria Technologies

    This event is going organize at MaGic Cyberjaya. Early-bird tickets with discounts for this event can currently be purchased at Exabytes website

    About The Organizer, The Exabytes Group

    As one of the leading Web, Cloud and eCommerce Hosting Companies in Southeast Asia, Exabytes is in its 15th year of operation and specializes in providing web hosting services to small and medium sized businesses, individuals and SOHO. With deep understanding on the business requirements for online setup and E-Commerce, Exabytes offers the clients an end-to-end Web-hosting solution which is unmatched by its competitors ranging from Cloud hosting, eCommerce applications, marketing engine, and dedicated network systems and more.

    Exabytes’ core business offerings include shared web-hosting, dedicated server hosting, reseller hosting, cloud hosting, SSL web certification, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), Content Delivery Network (CDN), server management, Google SEM (Search Engine Marketing), EBuzzzz Email/Voice/SMS, server co-location, domain registrations, website design, etc. Its commitments to customers cover 24x7x365 professional technical support, 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee, 100-Day Money Back, 99.9% Network Uptime and 99.5% Server Uptime Guarantee. For partner benefits and details of other promotions and products of the Exabytes Group of Companies,

    Please visit Exabytes website

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