Foreign tourists feel more welcome when take a trip to Iceland, New Zealand, Morocco, Macedonia, and Austria. Indeed, countries that are categorized as the most friendly to foreign tourists.
The World Economic Forum, in The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013, assessing 140 countries according to their attractiveness and ability to develop the travel industry and tourism. These reports examine the attitude of the population toward foreign visitors, with a score of 1 as a very unfriendly and 7 as a very friendly welcome tourists.
Bolivia was ranked last most tourist-friendly countries in the world, followed by Venezuela, Russian Federation, Kuwait, Latvia, and Iran. Meanwhile, Pakistan, the Slovak Republic, Bulgaria, Mongolia, China, Korea, and Saudi Arabia are also no better for being in the top 10 bottom.
Countries most friendly to foreign tourists
The survey considers the protection of the state against the foreign tourist are coming, air transport infrastructure is satisfactory, and the visa process is not complicated.
“The competitiveness of tourism is characterized by a number of things, including natural resources, the benefits of a diverse fauna, and relatively unspoiled natural environment,” the report said, as quoted by News.
“And, given the distance between countries in different continents, the other important consideration is the air transport and tourism infrastructure in general,” he added.
Here are the 10 countries most friendly to foreign tourists, with respective scores:
1. Iceland (6.8)
2. New Zealand (6.8)
3. Morocco (6.7)
4. Macedonia, (6.7)
5. Austria (6.7)
6. Senegal (6.7)
7. Portugal (6.6)
8. Bosnia and Herzegovina (6.6)
9. Ireland (6.6)
10. Burkina Faso (6.6)
Meanwhile, the 10 countries most hostile to foreign tourists, among them:
140. Bolivia (4.1)
139. Venezuela (4.5)
138. Russian Federation (5.0)
137. Kuwait (5.2)
136. Latvia (5.2)
135. Iran (5.2)
134. Pakistan (5.3)
133. The Slovak Republic (5.5)
131. Bulgaria (5.5)
The list of countries most friendly to foreign tourists results based on data obtained from the World Economic Forum annual surveys and quantitative data from publicly available sources, international organizations and agencies and tourism experts (IUCN, UNWTO, WTTC, UNCTAD, UNESCO, and IATA).