For the past eleven years, the World Economic Forum has engaged leaders in travel and tourism to carry out an in-depth analysis of the Travel and Tourism competitiveness of 136 economies across the world. The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index 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”.
According to all the relevant segments such as the availability of accommodation facilities, hospitality infrastructure, the development of a rent-a-car service and even the number of ATM machines per resident, the World Economic Forum (WEF) selected the best countries to visit in 2017.
Therefore, the WEF’s list is topped by Austria, which has the highest rank in all segments. Not only that seven major rental companies operate in the country, but also it is the third European country in terms of quality of tourism infrastructure and the fifth in the number of hotel rooms in relation to the number of residents.
Spain has placed as the second most accessible country in the world for tourists in 2017 because it offers everything a guest needs. Due to its natural and cultural beauty, Spain stands out as a great holiday destination.
The top three countries also include the United States, which is considered an excellent global example of a country with developed tourism.
As far as Croatia is concerned, the country has placed as the fifth in terms of the number of hotel rooms and ATM machines per number of residents as well as due to its natural beauty and environmental sustainability. Therefore, Croatia left behind several world leading countries such as Switzerland, Great Britain and Germany.
Here are the Top 10 most accessible countries for tourists in 2017:
3. The United States
7. Great Britain