Every two years the World Economic Forum ranks countries for being the most tourist friendly places to visit.
This year the top place went to Spain, with it’s cultural and natural offerings as well as the infrastructure which is geared towards tourism. Following Spain came France, despite the terrorist activities which have taken place there recently.
Germany came in at third place, Japan came up from 9th place to 4th place, while 5th place went to the UK. The US was just behind the UK in 6th, while Australia, Italy, Canada and Switzerland followed.
This year there were 136 countries which were considered, and factors which influenced the decisions were policies that influenced travel and tourism, and policies which contributed to a country’s development.
The top ten countries which have been selected are those which have successfully created an environment for travel, have promoted their natural and cultural heritage, and work towards ensuring rewarding experiences for tourists.
Such factors as Hygiene, safety and security are also included, as is information technology. Scores on all points are then averaged out to find the top country.
Some interesting points that came to light were that Europe had the strongest travel competitiveness in the world, with 1.2 billion tourists visiting during 2016. it was thought that the reason for this were the health and hygiene standards, as well as safety and cultural richness.
Japan received the award for the most improved country followed by Azerbaijan and Tajikistan. The reason Japan had improved so much was because of the unique cultural appeal, and also the the excellent means of business travel.
As far as safety goes, both the UK and the US were disappointing, being in 78th and 84th place respectively.
The safest tourist destination was in fact Finland, closely followed by United Arab Emirates and Iceland in 3rd place. In 4th place for the safest place on earth we find Oman, followed by Hong Kong, Singapore, Norway, Switzerland, Rwanda and Qatar.
At the very bottom of the combined rankings were Yemen, Chad, Burundi and the Congo.
TOP 10 SAFETY AND SECURITY RANKING
- Finland 6.65
- United Arab Emirates 6.60
- Iceland 6.57
- Oman 6.49
- Hong Kong SAR 6.47
- Singapore 6.45
- Norway 6.41
- Switzerland 6.41
- Rwanda 6.39
- Qatar 6.33
World Economic Forum 2017
Source: Daily Mail