Top 10 Countries in the World
Published in April, the World Economic Forum revealed its biennial report for the world’s best places to visit. Titled “The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017: Paving the way for a more sustainable and inclusive future,” the report takes a look at the best countries to visit based on 14 pillars including safety and security, health and hygiene, travel service infrastructure, and international openness. Based on these criteria, here are the countries that topped the chart.
Despite still being able to maintain its position in the top 10, Switzerland has dropped 4 spots since 2015. However, it’s still the 6th best for its tourist service infrastructure and 8th for its safety and security. So, whether it’s to ski the Alps, go bungee jumping, or visit the museums, Switzerland surely has earned its 10th place.
Placing a spot higher than two years ago, Canada might not place very high for its health and hygiene or safety and security, but it’s the best when it comes to air transport infrastructure. Not only that, visitors get to see the famous Rocky Mountains, Niagara Falls, and Banff National Park.
Maintaining its 8th spot, Italy keeps its popularity among international tourists for its extraordinary cultural (5th), natural resources (12th), and world-class tourism infrastructure (11th). From its world-renowned sights to its legendary pizza and pasta, visitors surely have more than one reason to visit.
Same with Italia, Australia also maintained its 7th spot on the list with its international openness (2nd), air transport infrastructure (4th), natural resources (6th), and tourist service infrastructure (8th). Not only that, Australia has everything for everyone; Great Barrier Reef for those who love the sea, beaches, national parks, mountains, and the Sydney Opera House for performing art fans.
6. United States
Although the U.S has failed to keep its 4th place, the country’s strong global presence through its air transport (2nd), natural (10th), and cultural resources (13th). The U.S also has different destinations and sights that cater to different tourists’ needs.
5. United Kingdom
Remains in 5th place, the U.K has amazing cultural resources (7th), business environment (4th) and a strong labor market (12th). Although it has declined a lot in security, which also affects the decline in its international openness, the U.K still has so many must-visit destinations that you can’t miss.
Leading the Asia-Pacific region and sky rocketed from 9th place, Japan might not score as high when it comes to safety and security — unlike Hong Kong and Singapore, but international tourists keep on coming back for its unique cultural resources and business travel (4th), like Mount Fuji and their various shrines. Foodies are also encouraged to visit for the famous Kobe beef and fresh sushi.
Keeping its 3rd place, Germany succeeded with its cultural resource and business travel (6th), great tourist service infrastructure (9th), and health and hygiene (1st). From national parks to old buildings, Germany is definitely the perfect place for lovers of nature, history, and of course — beer.
Retaining its runner-up spot, even with the various terrorist attacks in 2015 and 2016, France’s cultural resources (3rd), ground transportation (7th), and air connectivity (13th) keep the country up and running with the competition. Visitors can also visit the beloved Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, and others.
Attaining its first place as the best country in the world is Spain with its attributes that include cultural (2nd) and natural resources (9th), an amazing tourism service infrastructure (2nd), and a strong policy support (5th). This is no surprise since Spain has really greatly prioritized its travel and tourism section (5th). From the nightlife in Ibiza to its beautiful coasts, Spain is definitely a true winner.