India has jumped six places to claim 34th spot on world Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index 2019, a World Economic Forum (WEF) report said on Wednesday.
In 2015, India had been ranked at 52nd and at 40th in 2017.
“India, which accounts for the majority of South Asia’s travel and tourism (T&T) GDP, remains the subregion’s most competitive T&T economy, moving up six places to rank 34th globally,” the report says.
Taking to Twitter, Union Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel dedicated the achievement to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership.
“In the WEF survey, India was ranked 65th in 2013, 52nd in 2015, 40th in 2017 and now 34th in 2019. These milestones are indicating that our Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership is competent. Success is dedicated to him,” he tweeted.
WEF के सर्वेक्षण में भारत2013मे65वें 2015मे 52वें,2017मे 40वेऔर अब 2019में 34वें विश्व पायदान परआ गया।ये मील के पत्थर बता रहे हैं कि हमारे मा प्रधानमंत्री @narendramodiजी का नेतृत्व सक्षम है,सफलता उन्हें समर्पित है।@PMOIndia @MinOfCultureGoI @incredibleindia @BJP4India @BJP4MP pic.twitter.com/ZAm8Uvcrnq— Prahlad Singh Patel (@prahladspatel) September 4, 2019
Spain tops the ranking index followed by France and Germany. Other countries in the top 10 include Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Italy, Canada, and Switzerland.
According to the WEF report, over 1.5 crore international tourists arrived in India while the share of travel and tourism industry was 3.6 per cent and that of industry employment was 5.1 per cent.
“From a subregional perspective, the nation has better air (33rd) and ground and port infrastructure (28th), international openness (51st) and natural (14th) and cultural resources (8thCompared to global benchmarks, the country can also add price competitiveness (13th) to its roster of strengths,” the report adds.
Top 10 Countries in Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index
- 10. Switzerland
- 9. Canada
- 8. Italy
- 7. Australia
- 6. United Kingdom
- 5. United States
- 4. Japan
- 3. Germany
- 2. France
- 1. Spain
However, the report states that India still needs to enhance its enabling environment (98th), tourist service infrastructure (109th) and environmental sustainability (128th).
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