Spain is the most competitive country in the world in terms of tourism, as reflected in the ‘Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2019’ prepared by the World Economic Forum, which has been released this morning.
Thus, Spain revalidates in 2019 the leadership position in the Tourism Competitiveness Index it occupies since 2015.

For the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, “this distinction recognizes the strength of Spain as a tourist destination and recognizes the work of all public administrations and, especially, the business sector, tour operators and workers of A key sector for the Spanish economy. From the Government we defend a governance model that we have specified in the Sustainable Tourism Strategy 2030, whose objective is to achieve sustained and sustainable growth, supported by the improvement of competitiveness and profitability, in the natural and cultural values ​​of the destinations , and in the equitable distribution of tourism benefits and burdens. This international recognition shows that we are going in the right direction. ”

According to the World Economic Forum (international organization for public-private cooperation), "Spain has developed an economy focused on tourism, in which more than half of the sector's revenues come from international visitors."

The main attractions of Spain are its "excellent resources" natural and especially cultural, which mean an important competitive advantage over other countries. It is also an important center for international congresses and sporting events, and presents a great strength in the combination of cultural offer with sites of heritage interest, a combination that places Spain as the best country in the world in this regard. In this sense, the increase in the number of natural heritage sites recognized by UNESCO has contributed to increasing the attractiveness of natural spaces.

The WEF has also mentioned as factors that keep Spain as a leading country in tourism competitiveness the “exceptional infrastructure”, in reference to the high hotel density and the quality of rail transport, roads and ports, the latter being very important to develop the cruise industry. "The numerous international visitors," says the report, "can rely on good airport infrastructure, with a wide variety of airlines that provide high connectivity."

Finally, it highlights the “solid relative advantage” that Spain provides aspects such as ICT preparation or security.

The report can be read here: https://www.weforum.org/reports/the-travel-tourism-competitiveness-report-2019



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