PM Modi hails India's jump to 40th spot in tourism rankings

Brittany BishopApr 08, 2017

"The rise of Asia's giants shows that the Asian Tourism Century is becoming a reality", said Tiffany Misrahi, WEF's community lead of the aviation, travel and tourism Industries.

Indonesia ranks 42nd in World Economic Forum (WEF)'s Travel and Tourism Competitive Index (TCCI) in 2017, up from its rankings in 2016 and 2015 of 50th and 70th respectively, according to official announcement on Thursday. Traditional strong travel and tourism destinations, including Japan, the United Kingdom (fifth), the United States (sixth), Australia (seventh), Italy (eighth), Canada (ninth) and Switzerland (10th), have also made it in the top 10.

The report ranks 136 countries across 14 separate dimensions, revealing how well countries could deliver sustainable economic and societal benefits through their travel and tourism sector.

The three countries' top rankings are attributed to their having world-class natural and cultural resources, outstanding infrastructure and excellent hospitality services.

The travel and tourism industry GDP contribution is estimated at 3% or US$373.9 million, creating 28,792 jobs. Japan (4th) climbed five spots to overtake the USA (6th), China (15th) rose two spots and India (40th) rose 12 spots, according to the report.

After India's jump of 12 places to the 40th rank in the global travel and tourism competitiveness list by WEF, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the achievement reflects the importance the government gives to the sector.

Kazakhstan has improved its position in tourism rating of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

There's also less appeal for America's natural resources compared with the previous report, though it's worth pointing out the US ranks high in its number of World Heritage sites, like the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty. Also included is an extensive section of data tables that cover each indicator used in the index's computation.

"I am really pleased to see that Ireland has moved up to third position in the world for tourism marketing and branding, out of 136 countries".

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