Taiwan ranks 30th in global travel & tourism competitiveness

Reacting to this, PM Narendra Modi on Friday said that this Reflects the importance government is giving to the tourism sector in the country.

The World Economic Forum issued the 2017 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index placing Morocco on top of North African countries, third in the continent and 65th in the globe.

Traditionally strong travel and tourism destinations, including Japan (4th), the United Kingdom (5th), the United States (6th), Australia (7th), Italy (8th), Canada (9th) and Switzerland (10th), have also made it to the top 10.

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The WEF carries out bi-annual in-depth analysis of the Travel and Tourism competitiveness of 136 economies across the world, measuring "the set of factors and policies that enable the sustainable development of the travel and tourism sector, which in turn, contributes to the development and competitiveness of a country".

The country does not fare too well in the "prioritization of travel and tourism" and "tourist service infrastructure" categories either, ranking 117th and 116th respectively. Now India has moved up by another 12 positions and ranked at 40th position.

While European economies continue to top the rankings, Asia shows the greatest rise in tourism friendliness. "To reach their potential, the majority of countries still have more to do, from enhancing security, promoting their cultural heritage, building their infrastructure and creating stronger visa policies", WEF Community Lead of the Aviation, Travel and Tourism Industries Tiffany Misrahi said.

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It wasn't positive news overall, however, as Ireland dropped four positions on the main Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index, to 23rd.

Ireland ranks third in the world for the effectiveness of its marketing and branding to attract tourists, according to a study by the World Economic Forum. "The capacity of countries to respond to and embrace these structural shifts will determine the future success of destinations".

WEF produced the report in collaboration with its data partners Bloom Consulting, Deloitte, International Air Transport Association (IATA), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), UNWTO and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

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