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Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report by WEF

The World Economic Forum published the 2017 Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report themed “Paving the way for a more sustainable and inclusive future”. This biennial report aims to measure factors and policies that enable the sustainable development of the Travel and Tourism sector. The report covers 136 economies across 90 indicators (split 33% Soft Data and 66% Hard Data) and centers around 4 main sub-indices:

  1. Enabling Environment
  2. T&T Policy & Enabling Conditions
  3. Infrastructure
  4. Natural & Cultural Resources
Top 5 Countries
  • 1. Spain

  • 2. France

  • 3. Germany

  • 4. Japan

  • 5. United Kingdom

UAE in focus (2017)

The UAE is ranked 29 globally and leading GCC. The UAE came in the top 10 globally in 31 out of 90 indicators. The country received 14.4 million international visitors in 2015, 4 million more than 2013. The UAE ranked 2nd globally in safety & security pillar, consistently being in the top ten on crime indicators such as Business Costs of Crime and Violence coming in at number 1 globally and 7th globally in Reliability of Police services. The UAE is ranked 5 globally in Business Environment pillar. UAE is one of the best air transport infrastructures in the world (ranked 3rd globally), in terms of both connectivity and quality of the service.

UAE ranked top 5 in the following indicators

1st

Government prioritization of travel and tourism industry

1st

Quality of tourism infrastructure

1st

Quality of roads

1st

Effect of taxation on incentives to work

1st

Profit tax rate

1st

Business costs of crime and violence

1st

HIV prevalence, % adult pop

1st

Malaria cases/100,000 pop

1st

Mobile network coverage rate, % of pop

1st

Effectiveness of marketing and branding to attract tourists

1st

Sustainability of travel and tourism industry development

1st

Presence of major car rental companies

2nd

Quality of air transport infrastructure

2nd

Effect of taxation on incentives to work

3rd

Mobile phone subscriptions/100 pop

3rd

Ease of hiring foreign labour

3rd

Available seat kilometres, international

3rd

Quality of port infrastructure

4th

Time required to deal with construction permits

5th

Pay and productivity

5th

Active mobile broadband Internet subscriptions/100 population

GCC Rankings