India’s performance improves on World Tourism Index
Registering the biggest improvement of 25% among the top performers in global tourism, India’s rank improved from 40th in 2017 to 34th in the World Economic Forum’s Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report, 2019. According to the World Bank, as many as 1.5 crore international tourists visited India in 2017 & India’s travel and tourism industry recruits 2.8 crore people,contributing 3.6% to GDP. India is the only lower-middle income country to feature in the top-35 ranked countries. This is a drastic improvement from 2015 when it scored a 52nd position out of the 141 nations that were reviewed. However, its rank slid since the last report on its ranking on 4 out ofthe 14 broad factors on which countries were assessed.
Spain, France, Germany, Japan, US, UK, Australia, Italy, Canada & Switzerland emerged as the top 10 global tourist destinations. The report evaluated 140 countries.