Every two years, the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Travel and Tourism Competitiveness report ranks 136 countries on 14 pillars to see which are the most tourist-friendly destinations in the world.
One of the pillars is tourist service infrastructure, which ranks a country on how well it is set up to receive tourists. This rating is calculated by such factors as the number of hotel rooms per capita, access to ATMs, tourism infrastructure, public transport and even the ease with which you can hire a car.
First, let’s look at the top 10 all-round tourist-friendly countries, which take into account international openness and a government’s willingness to promote tourism.
5. United Kingdom
6. United States
But, if you’re looking for an easy holiday, with access to hotels, hire cars and cash machines, as well as all the infrastructure necessary to enjoy a good trip, then these are the top 10 destinations that should be on your list.
If you didn’t already have hundreds of reasons to visit Canada, would the fact that it has the second-highest number of ATMs per capita get you there? Probably not, but the wildlife, cuisine, wine and wonderful road trips should.
Germany may not be known for its friendliness, but it is known for its efficiency and engineering, which is why it’s made its way into the top 10 for tourist service infrastructure. It may only rank 14th in ATMs per person, but it scores very highly in cultural resources and accessibility by air, making it the third best all-round tourist destination.
Our supply of natural and cultural resources, coupled with high scores in travel accessibility puts us in eighth place on the list. One thing that works against us is, when compared to other countries in our region, the high cost of travelling here is quite high. You get what you pay for though, I suppose.
7. United Kingdom
The UK ranks highly in all tourism indicators, with top marks for air and port infrastructure and cultural resources. Add to that its impressive public transport system (with a tip of the cap to its rail system) and seemingly unlimited attractions both modern and historic, and you can see why the UK ranks so highly.
Another country known for precision and efficiency, Switzerland rates well on every WEF indicator, with top marks for other Travel and Tourism Competitiveness categories, including safety and security, environmental sustainability and business environment.
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