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UK retains fifth place in travel competitiveness ranking


The UK has retained fifth place in the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index despite fears of the possible negative impacts of Britain exiting the EU.


The UK has retained fifth place in the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index despite fears of the possible negative impacts of Britain exiting the EU.

However, the UK remains behind Spain, France and Germany which retained the top three places in the 2017 Index.

And the US fell two places to sixth having been replaced by Japan which rose five places to fourth.

The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index ranks the “tourism friendliness” of 136 countries across 14 areas, including accessibility, affordability, infrastructure, security, sustainability, regulation and taxation.

The 2017 Index notes: “The increasingly protectionist global context is hindering global trade [but] is not holding back international travel.

“The travel and tourism sector in many countries remains a bright spot in economic and job growth.”

However, it also finds: “Technological and sustainability challenges are growing. Environmental challenges remain and many countries underperform in making technological strides.”

 

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Published: 2017-04-12


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