The Asian Tourism Century is Arriving as Japan, China, South Korea and India Boost Region’s Tourism-Friendliness while South Africa drops five places.
Asia has most improved its tourism-friendliness of all regions, the 2017 World Economic Forum’s global Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index reveals today
Japan (fourth, up five places), China (15th, up two) and India (40th, up 12) are Asia’s exponents in the global index led by Spain, France and Germany; the United States (sixth, down two places) and Switzerland (10th, down four) fall back
The travel and tourism sector in many countries around the world remains a bright spot in economic and job growth, but technological and sustainability challenges are growing
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South Africa dropped five places in 2010 – from 61 to 66 – in the Travel and Tourism Competitive Index released by the World Economic Forum at the Global Tourism Forum 2011.
Tourism competitiveness is an important economic indicator. It is a major element in economic stimulation packages. Tourism is among the largest employers in most countries and also a fast-lane vehicle into the workforce for young people and women. Encouraging travel boosts consumer and business confidence, it strengthens two-way trade and promotes export income.
In this year’s report findings, Switzerland, Germany and France have the most attractive environments for developing the travel and tourism industry. Austria, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Spain and Singapore complete the top 10.
Are Fedhasa, SATSA and all the other tourism organisations taking this seriously and demanding BIG improvements?