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The 50 best ranked countries in the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index in 2013

 Index score
Switzerland 5.66
Germany 5.39
Austria 5.39
Spain 5.38
United Kingdom 5.38
United States 5.32
France 5.31
Canada 5.28
Sweden 5.24
Singapore 5.23
Australia 5.17
New Zealand 5.17
Netherlands 5.14
Japan 5.13
Hong Kong SAR 5.11
Iceland 5.1
Finland 5.1
Belgium 5.04
Ireland 5.01
Portugal 5.01
Denmark 4.98
Norway 4.95
Luxembourg 4.93
Malta 4.92
Korea, Rep. 4.91
Italy 4.9
Barbados 4.88
United Arab Emirates 4.86
Cyprus 4.84
Estonia 4.82
Czech Republic 4.78
Greece 4.75
Taiwan, China 4.71
Malaysia 4.7
Croatia 4.59
Slovenia 4.58
Panama 4.54
Seychelles 4.51
Hungary 4.51
Montenegro 4.5
Qatar 4.49
Poland 4.47
Thailand 4.47
Mexico 4.46
China 4.45
Turkey 4.44
Costa Rica 4.44
Latvia 4.43
Lithuania 4.39
Bulgaria 4.38
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The graph shows the 50 top-ranked countries in the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index in 2013. Austria is ranked third with a score of 5.39.


Travel and tourism - additional information

In 2013, the best ranked country in the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index was Switzerland with a score of 5.66 out of seven. The index was part of "The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013: Reducing Barriers to Economic Growth and Job Creation." The report assessed worldwide economies on their travel and tourism development efforts and the impact of this on job creation. It also investigated the factors that hinder travel and tourism’s development, such as inefficient visa policies.

Travel and tourism’s total contribution to global GDP reached 6.99 trillion U.S. dollars in 2013 - almost 3.5 trillion of this figure came from leisure spending. In that year, there were 973.8 million international tourist arrivals worldwide, over half of these visiting Europe. This number had increased by around 250 million since 2005 and was forecasted to almost double to 1.81 billion by 2030.

The United States ranked sixth out of 50 on the 2013 Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index with a score of 5.32 out of seven. Travel and tourism’s total contribution to GDP in the U.S. was 1.42 trillion U.S. dollars and, of its direct contribution, just under 80 percent came from domestic tourists. In the same year, the industry directly created 5.43 million jobs in the U.S.

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