The German-speaking countries Switserland, Germany and Austria perform the best in the area of tourism policy. The UK ranks fifth of the 'Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index' of the World Economic Forum (WEF). Halfway through the list stand Lebanon and Indonesia, and at the bottom are Chad and Haiti.
Travel and tourism
The travel and tourism sector is one of the most important sectors in the economy. It accounts for one in 11 jobs globally and according to expectations from the report it will rise to one in ten jobs by 2022. A strong travel and tourism sector contributes in many ways to economic development: direct contributions, by raising the national income and consumption levels, and indirect contributions, via its multiplier effect.
The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index ranks 140 countries according to their tourism attractiveness and their ability to develop their travel and tourism industries. Three areas form the basis for a country's score on the index: (1) regulatory framework; (2) business environment and infrastructure and (3) human, cultural, and natural resources. The index thus doesn't measure the attractiveness of a country for tourists, but the effectiveness of its national tourism policy.