If you want a destination that truly welcomes tourists, here are your best bets.
This Balkan nation has plenty of hotels and cash machines per person and high scores in natural resources and environmental sustainability, along with plenty of tourist attractions, which drags this often-overlooked destination from 32nd overall to fifth best in tourist service infrastructure standards.
If you’re looking for ATMs, car rental companies and quality of overall tourism infrastructure, then look no further that Portugal. The country also scores highly in safety and security and international openness. Oh, and the weather is fine, too.
3. United States
No one has ever questioned the US for being prepared for anything, except, maybe, Hurricane Katrina, and the financial disaster that was the GFC. But as far as tourism goes, the US has its act together, with ATMs everywhere, no shortage of hotels and hire cars and some of the most efficient airports and ports in the world. The people are pretty friendly, too, and the cost of travel once you’re on the ground is as good as anywhere.
While Spain may be the most tourist-friendly country in the world, it slips to second place in terms of how well it is prepared to receive tourists. Seems the lack of ATMs isn’t enough to keep tourists away from this Mediterranean country, so it’s lucky it ranks ninth in hotel rooms per capita. However you view its service infrastructure, Spain is a top place for a holiday, which is why it is ranked first overall.
Living next door to Germany and Switzerland must rub off on Austria (or is it the other way around?), and the result of all its tourism preparedness gives this nation top billing as the world’s best equipped destination to deal with tourists. Austria is easy on first-time visitors, and it's mixture of classic and contemporary culture, fine cuisine, museums, galleries, historic and modern architecture that’s the envy of all nations, and the fact that it’s capital consistently vies for world’s most liveable city, make it a force majeure when it comes to top travel destinations.
Which of these countries have you visited? Which was your favourite? Can you corroborate these rankings?
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