PM Narendra Modi hails India's jump to 40th spot in tourism rankings

PM Narendra Modi hails India's jump to 40th spot in tourism rankings

Troy Powers
April 8, 2017

Morocco was ranked on top of North African countries as a tourism destination and third in the continent by the World Economic Forum, which has just issued its 2017 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index.

According to the 2017 rating, the top 10 countries with the best travel and tourism competitiveness index are Spain, France, Germany, Japan, UK, the US, Australia, Italy, Canada and Switzerland.

A World Economic Forum report has ranked China 15th in global trade and tourism competitiveness, up from 17th in 2015.

Mahesh Sharma, minister of state (I/C) for tourism and culture said that India has moved 12 places up in this ranking from 52nd to 40th position.

At the level of the continent, Morocco ranks right behind South Africa and Mauritius as top African destinations.

In all, in last three years India has cumulatively improved its ranking by 25 places which is a significant achievement.India continues to charm worldwide tourists with its vast cultural and natural resources.

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The report, however, noted that though health conditions are improving, they remain "inadequate".

Reacting to this, PM Narendra Modi on Friday said that this Reflects the importance government is giving to the tourism sector in the country.

While advanced economies still hold the top spots in the ranking, 12 of the top 15 most improved countries are emerging markets, with Asia's as exponents.

"The rise of Asia's giants shows that the "Asian Tourism Century" is becoming a reality".

The travel and tourism industry GDP contribution is estimated at 3% or US$373.9 million, creating 28,792 jobs. "The index takes into consideration various tourism parameters like infrastructure and safety", Sharma said.

The report ranks 136 countries across 14 dimensions, revealing how well countries could deliver sustainable economic and societal benefits through their travel and tourism sector.