Taiwan takes 30th spot in world travel rankings: WEF

Taipei--Taiwan took the 30th place in the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017 released by the World Economic Forum (WEF), up two notches from the previous report.

The WEF issues the travel and tourism report every two years to show each economy's rankings in terms of tourism friendliness, covering assessments in regulatory framework, business environment and infrastructure, as well as human, cultural, and natural resources.

In the 2017 report, which is seen as a good indication of how well the countries covered could produce sustainable economic and societal benefits through their travel and tourism industry, a total of 136 economies were assessed, the WEF said.

In the Asia region, the report showed, Taiwan ranked as the seventh most tourism friendly country.

Among the overall global rankings, Taiwan took the 16th spot in ground and port transportation facilities, 26th in cultural resources and business travel, and 28th in terms of safety, the WEF said.

The WEF said that Europe remained the formidable strength to dominate the top spots in its rankings in 2017 with Spain, France and Germany taking the top three spots in that order in its latest report, although the region faced terror attack threats.

Japan ranked as the fourth most tourism friendly country in the world, followed by the United Kingdom (5th), United States (6th)), Australia (7th), Italy (8th), Canada (9th) and Switzerland (10th).

Despite the dominance commanded by Europe, however, the WEF said, Asia was the region which made a strong showing in the latest rankings.

Following Japan's fourth place, Hong Kong came in 11th in the world, ahead of Singapore (13th), China (15th), South Korea (19th), and Malaysia (26th), while India rose 12 notches from the previous report to secure the 40th place, according to the WEF.

The WEF said that the increasing importance of demand from emerging markets and technology are changing the travel and tourism sector's landscape at a fast pace.

According to statistics compiled by the WEF, the global travel and tourism sector made up 10 percent of the world's gross domestic product and has been growing faster than other sectors worldwide, helping economic growth and creating jobs.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel