Las Teresitas beach, in Tenerife./Photo: @spain
The Diplomat. 04/05/2017
Spain is the world’s best country for travelling and tourism due to its cultural and natural wealth, the level of its tourist infrastructures, its air connections and the political support to the sector, according to a report of the World Economic Forum.
Our country leads the Top 10 of the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017, followed by France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Italy, Canada and Switzerland.
The report, which is elaborated every two years, analyses the tourist capacity of 136 countries according to a series of factors, such as hygiene, security and transport network, as well as the policies implemented by their respective Governments to promote a sustainable tourist sector that contributes to the global competitiveness and development of each country.
According to those parameters, the European continent is able to include six countries among the world’s ten first, with Spain at the head for the second consecutive time.
According to the report, “Spain’s success can be attributed to its unique offer, regarding both its cultural (second of the list) and natural (ninth) resources”. These advantages “are combined with the solid tourist infrastructure (second position), the connectivity of air transports (ninth) and the strong political support (fifth)”, the document continues.
It praises infrastructures and air connections and it claims improvements in land transport and business climate
“The travel and tourism sector”, the report points out, “benefits not only from the recent facilities of its fiscal policy, but also from the deflection of tourism from the turbulent region of the Middle East for security reasons”. “Nevertheless, these facts do not exclude Spain’s capacity to offer an excellent environment for the development of the travel and tourism sector” the report warns.
Despite everything, Spain faces a series of “challenges in which it can improve to provide the sector with more maturity”, such as the land transport system, which has the level of “the fifteen best economies of the world”, but has started showing “symptoms of decline, being, therefore, its update and modernization expected”.
“Besides, the business climate (75th position) could be improved, since the procedures for construction permits are still onerous (104th) and there is still scope to improve the international opening even more (43rd position, two below the previous report)” on this matter, the report’s authors point out.