India, Japan, China, improve tourism-friendly rankings
According to the 2017 World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index, India, Japan, and China, have turned out to be the friendliest countries in Asia where tourism is considered. These three Asian countries have emerged among the top 50 countries in the world ranked according to tourism friendliness.
In the latest rankings, India had moved up 12 places this year to be ranked in the 40th position. Japan has been ranked 4th and China 15th. Spain, France, and Germany have the top rankings in the list of the top 50 countries in the world. These top three countries have bagged the highest positions because of their natural and cultural resources, hospitality services, and infrastructure.
Of the different regions in the world, Asia’s performance is seen as very impressive as three of its major economies have shown the highest rise in tourism-friendliness. Other Asian countries that figured in the top 50 list include Hong Kong (11th), Korea (19th) and Malaysia (26th). “The rise of Asia’s giants shows that the ‘Asian Tourism Century’ is becoming a reality,” commented Tiffany Misrahi, community lead – aviation, travel and tourism, WEF.
As expected most of the top slots were taken up by the developed economies such as the UK (fifth), the US (sixth), Australia (seventh), Italy (eighth), Canada (ninth) and Switzerland (10th).
The WEF Report covers the performance of 136 countries worldwide, and shows how effectively different countries deliver sustainable societal and economic benefits by way of their travel and tourism industry. The global travel and tourism industry accounts for 10 % of the global GDP, is the fastest growing industry as compared to other sectors, and also provides one in 10 jobs in the world.