According to the recently released list by the world economic forum (WEF), India ranks 40th in travel and tourism competitiveness globally. This has resulted in a jump of 12th place for India since last data released last year.
India is one of the countries that improved the most as it gained 12 places in Asia but lagged behind its other Asian peers like Japan and China which were ranked way ahead at 4th and 13th place, respectively. Spain is ranked at the top in the list as per wef’s index.
“India continues to enrich its cultural resources, protecting more cultural sites and intangible expressions through UNESCO World Heritage lists, and via a greater digital presence,” WEF said in its Global Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017.
Some of the factors that helped India climb up the ladder include international openness through strong policies such as implementing visa on arrival and e-visas, and improvements in the country’s ground transport infrastructure which benefited the travel and tourism sector in the country, it added.
India has seen continued growth in international arrivals over the past 15 years, reaching the 8 million mark in 2015, WEF said, adding the country’s vast variety of cultural and natural resources, and its price competitiveness advantage also attracted international tourists.
The report, however, noted that though health conditions are improving, they remain “inadequate”. Similarly, ICT readiness, security concerns and human resources are improving, but remain “weak”.
Here are the Top 10 countries in the list released by World Economic Forum (WEF)
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