The World Economic Forum’s “Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report,” which is published every two years, measures the relative health of 136 leading countries’ tourism sectors using a wide range of sub-indexes, including safety and security, natural resources, soundness of infrastructure, health and hygiene, and price competitiveness.
The 13 most safe, cheap, and hygienic countries in the world
Over 15 million tourists visit the city-state every year. Officials have made efforts to boost that figure in recent years: casinos were legalised in 2005, and it also promotes itself as a medical tourism hub.
International tourism is the biggest part of Austria’s economy, accounting for 9% of GDP. Its capital, Vienna, is known as the “City of Music” because of its central role as a European music centre from, attracts nearly 4 million people alone.
The autonomous territory in East Asia is the eleventh-most-visited designation in the world, and posted a total of over £30 billion in international tourism receipts in 2014.
The tourism industry is an important one for Switzerland’s economy, especially the country’s less developed Alpine regions.
The north American country is the world’s second largest, and boasts a diverse array of landscapes, climates and cultures.
With over 50 million tourists a year, Italy is the fifth most visited country in the world. People visit Italy for its art, cuisine, history, and culture, as well as its picturesque coastline and beaches.
Popular places to visit include the Great Barrier Reef, Kangaroo Island, and cities including Melbourne and Perth.
The US attracts the second-highest number of tourists after France. Tourists visit to see natural wonders including the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone, as well as vibrant cities including Chicago, New York, and San Francisco.
Tourism is a huge part of Britain’s economy, generating 9% of the country’s GDP. The English capital, London, is the most-visited city in the world.
Japan’s popularity among tourists continues to grow. It boasts 20 World Heritage sites, including the ancient monuments at Kyoto and the Himeji castle.
Germany is the seventh-most visited country in the world, and its capital, Berlin, is the third-most-visited city in the world.
The western European country is known as a global centre for art, science, and philosophy which attracts more tourists than any other country in the world.
Located in southwestern Europe, Spain boasts long stretches of picturesque coastline and cities which are thriving hubs of culture and history.
European countries dominate a global ranking which measures the strength of countries’ tourism sectors.
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