This country is the best for travel and tourism!

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Spain tops the 2015 edition of the TTCI global rankings for the first time, followed by France (2nd), Germany (3rd), the United States (4th), the United Kingdom (5th),Switzerland (6th), Australia (7th), Italy (8th), Japan (9th)and Canada (10th)

 

The WEF's global Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index ranked 141 countries on how well the countries can deliver sustainable economic benefits through the travel and tourism sector.

Spain was cited for its cultural resources (1st globally), as well as ability to support online searches for entertainment (4th) and excellent infrastructure (4th).

The top 5 also included France, Germany, United States and United Kingdom.

Rounding out the top 10 are Switzerland, Australia, Italy, Japan and Canada.

In the Asia-Pacific region, Australia (7th) was the most "tourist-ready" country, followed by Japan (9th), Singapore (11th), Hong Kong (13th), New Zealand (16th) and China (17th).Malaysia ranked 25th, followed by South Korea (29), Taiwan (32) and Thailand (35).

Europe,with six economies in the top 10, continues to dominate the rankings thanks to its world-class tourism service infrastructure, excellent health and hygiene conditions, and—notably, thanks to the Schengen Area—high degree of international openness and integration.
However, there are still some significant divides across the region—not all European countries are making the most of their cultural resources, prioritizing the T&T sector to respond to new trends, or fostering a dynamic business environment by removing red tape.

In the Americas, the United States (4th) and Canada (10th) are followed by Brazil (28th), Mexico (30th) and Panama (34th). There are significantly different challenges in the region: in North America, travel facilitation, price competitiveness and continuous infrastructure upgrade are the main priorities in the T&T development agendas; in Central and South America, infrastructure gaps, safety and security and business environment issues are the main hurdles restraining further T&T development.
The top five performers in the Asia-Pacific are among the region’s more advanced economies: Australia (7th), Japan (9th), Singapore (11th), Hong Kong SAR (13th) and New Zealand (16th). However, the most significant growth in international arrivals is observed in South-East Asia, thanks in part to its region’s price competitiveness and the rapid expansion of its middle class. Developing regional cooperation on visa policies could further boost tourism, though investments are also needed in digital connectivity, infrastructure and protection of rich but depleting natural capital.
In the Middle East and North Africa, the United Arab Emirates (24th) leads the ranking, followed by Qatar (43rd), Bahrain (60th), Morocco (62nd) and Saudi Arabia (64th). Most of the economies in this region are price-competitive destinations and several have built significant T&T industries in recent years. However, concerns about security have limited  international arrivals, even though secluded tourism resorts are far from the most dangerous areas. Improvement is also needed in international openness and environmental sustainability.
Sub-Saharan Africa showcases South Africa (48th), the Seychelles (54th), Mauritius (56th), Namibia (70th) and Kenya (78th) as its five most T&T competitive economies.
Many countries in the region are working on their openness and visa policies, though the longstanding challenges of infrastructure and health and hygiene standards need to be tackled to unleash the potential of the T&T sector as a catalyst for development. Improving the business environment and preventing depletion of natural resources are also priorities for many countries.

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