The world is arguably becoming a scarier place when it comes to travelling, and while it’s all part and parcel with the name of the game, no one would blame you for trying to minimise the risk that comes with going abroad.
With security issues on the rise, natural disasters, and attacks on foreigners all very real threats, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has again published their Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report for 2017. Now in its eleventh year, the initiative works with leaders in the travel and tourism arena to undertake an in-depth analysis of 136 economies across the world.
The WEF measures ‘the set of factors and policies that enable the sustainable development of the travel and tourism sector, which in turn, contributes to the development and competitiveness of a country’, and one of their categories ranks countries by the level of their safety and security.
Taking into account factors such as the costliness of common crime and violence, as well as terrorism and the extent to which police services can be relied upon to provide protection from crime, the results are rather unexpected, to say the least.
Finland gets the title of the safest country in the world, and the full top 20 are as follows:
- United Arab Emirates
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
Although Australia did not make the top 20 cut – unlike our neighbours across the ditch – at least we fared better than the UK who came in at 78th position and the US, in 84th spot. Sadly less surprising were the countries at the bottom of the list, which included Colombia, Yemen, El Salvador and Pakistan.
You can see the full report at World Economic Forum.
Would these results change your travel plans when choosing destinations in the near future?
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