Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

The World's 10 Most Tourism Friendly Countries

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

The World's 10 Most Tourism Friendly Countries

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For the first time, Spain ranks as the world's most tourism- friendly country in the World Economic Forum's Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index, according to rankings in a recently released biennial report.

Spain's leading status is "thanks to its cultural resources, infrastructure and adaptation to digital consumption habits," a press release accompanying the report said.

Traditionally strong contenders, including France, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Italy, also were ranked in the index's top 10.

The report ranks 141 countries across 14 dimensions "revealing how well countries could deliver sustainable economic and societal benefits through their travel and tourism sector."

Here's a look at the top 10 countries, according to the report:

1. SPAIN

With approximately 60.6 million annual arrivals from international tourists, Spain tops the list for the first time. The country, rich in cultural resources and entertainment, ranked high in natural and cultural resources. It also scored high in infrastructure, travel and tourism policy and conditions, and business travel. However, it ranked poorly in business environment, hiring and firing practices, and pay and productivity.

2. FRANCE

France's natural and cultural resources continue to attract the most tourists of any county with more than 84 million annual arrivals by international tourists. The country also ranks high in infrastructure and overall tourism-enabling environment. But France could use further improvement in the business environment and safety and security categories.

3. GERMANY

Germany ranked high in the categories of infrastructure, natural and cultural resources, business environment, health and hygiene, and international openness. The country ranked very low on price competitiveness.

4. UNITED STATES

With a record 74 million international visitors in 2014, the United States was the highest ranked country in the Americas. The U.S. earned high marks in natural and cultural resources and air transportation infrastructure. …

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