A heat map about the most and least welcoming counties to foreigners, which according to the result in the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013 by World Economic Forum (WEF), has been posted on internet. According to the data, the top three most welcoming countries for foreigners are Switzerland, Germany, and Austria.
The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) is based on three broad categories of variables that facilitate or drive travel & tourism competitiveness. The three main categories are:
- Travel & Tourism regulatory framework subindex
- Travel & Tourism business environment and infrastructure subindex
- Travel & Tourism human, cultural, and natural resources subindex
Each of the above categories is composed in turn by a number of pillars of Travel & Tourism competitiveness, and there are:
- policy rules and regulations
- environmental sustainability
- safety and security
- health and hygiene
- prioritization of travel & tourism
- air transport infrastructure
- ground transport infrastructure
- tourism infrastructure
- ICT infrastructure
- price competitiveness in the Travel & Tourism industry
- human resources
- affinity for travel & tourism
- natural resources
- cultural resources
The WEF gathered the data from late 2011 through late 2012 by asking respondents, “How welcome are foreign visitors in your country?” And some people have pointed out several interesting points from the result:
- Why South Korea ranks so low?
- Why Yemen ranks above Sweden and Belgium?
- Why Denmark, a rich Western European country, ranks much lower than its neighbors?
Besides the above heat map, we have created an interactive one to showcase the TTCI report, and you can find more information by mouse over several regions (e.g. Switzerland, Germany, Austria, United Kingdom, France)