Every two years the World Economic Forum presents a report about which countries are ranked in certain categories.
This year they ranked some 136 countries with regards to the safety for tourists in each country. The report looks at how each country exposes tourists to danger, and how business is affected by violence and terrorism.
This year Finland came in at the top spot, followed by The United Arab Emirates, and Iceland.
Very disturbing was the revelation that the UK and the USA came in at 78th and 84th place, well below that of Zimbabwe who came in at 60th place.
Oman, Hong Kong, Singapore, Norway, Switzerland, Rwanda and Qatar all finished in the top ten for safety.
The report does not take into account victims of petty crime. The least safe place in the world was Columbia, with Yemen and El Salvador just above it.
Egypt ranked as 130, while surprisingly, Venezuela took 131st place. Right below that came Nigeria and Pakistan in 132 and 133.
This year Spain found herself at the very top of the list for being the world’s most tourist friendly country. This is down to the cultural and natural offerings, combined with its top tourism infrastructure. Spain also scored at the top because of the amount and ease for airline travel to and from the country, which has increased dramatically over the last two years.
Even though France has been the victim of terrorist attacks recently, they came in second place with Germany in 3rd place. Japan jumped up from 9th to 4th place, followed by the UK who retained the 5th position. The USA took 6th place, followed by Australia, Italy, Canada and Switzerland to round out the top ten most friendly places for tourists.
The scores are handed out according to categories such as hygiene, safety and security, and information technology. The average score is then worked out for each country.
Europe had the strongest travel incentives, with 1.2 billion tourists visiting there last year. This huge amount is mostly due to good hygiene, good health care, cultural richness and safety.
Japan was the most improved country, with Azerbaijan and Tajikistan following her in going up positions. Japan’s increase is due to the diverse cultural appeal, and also the ease for business travel.
At the bottom of the overall report was Yemen, followed by Chad, Burundi and the Congo.
The report noted that there would be a boom in outbound travel from Africa, the Middle East and Asia in the coming decade.
Source: Daily Mail