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Spain is world's number one holiday destination - again
10 April 2017 @ 14:04

ONCE again, Spain has been voted the world's top tourism destination, way above Australia, the US and Italy.

The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index 2017, drawn up by the World Economic Forum, covers 136 countries, and Spain beats the other 135 with a total of 5.43 points.

Its nearest rival is France, with 5.32, followed by Germany with 5.28, and these top three countries have kept their positions from last year.

Japan has soared from ninth to fourth with 5.26, whilst Canada is up from 10th to ninth, ahead of Switzerland's 4.94 points.

The USA has dropped to sixth place with 5.12, whilst the UK is level-pegging with Japan; Australia is seventh with 5.1 points and Italy, eighth with 4.99.

Although the report says Spain has benefited from plummeting holidaymaker numbers in traditional sunshine destinations close to or in Europe affected by insecurity and conflict, such as Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt, its 'excellent' tourism services and infrastructure, making it a mature destination very geared-up to catering for national and foreign visitors, and even its transport network – classified as one of the 15th best on the planet – mean the south-western Mediterranean country is likely, in any case, to have beaten those nations whose tourists are thinking twice about visiting.


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