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Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index 2013 Lists Top 140 Economies For Tourism Competitivene


09 March  2013

Mumbai: The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index 2013 reveals that Switzerland, Germany and Austria lead the world in terms of travel and tourism competitiveness, with Spain, the UK, the USA, France, Canada, Sweden and Singapore completing the top ten. Under the theme, Reducing Barriers to Economic Growth and Job Creation, the report assesses 140 economies based on the extent to which they are putting in place the factors and policies to make it attractive to develop the travel and tourism sector, a report in Travel Mole stated.

Australia and New Zealand appear on the 11th and 12th positions, respectively, while India emerges on the 65th position. The report noted that Australia's travel and tourism competitiveness "continues to be characterised by a number of clear strengths, including its rich natural resources and the highest number of World Heritage Natural Sites in the world".

New Zealand ranks third in Asia Pacific, the report noted. Further, the country continues to benefit from its rich natural resources, with a number of World Heritage Natural Sites and a pristine natural environment. The country's policy rules and regulations are highly conducive to the development of the tourism sector, with a transparent policymaking.

Other rankings include Hong Kong (15th), UAE (28th), Malaysia (34th), Thailand (43rd), China (45th), Indonesia (70th), Sri Lanka (74th), Vietnam (80th) and Haiti (140th)