India Jumps Six Places to Secure Thirty-Fourth Position in Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index 2019

India Jumps 34th Position in Travel and Tourism Index 2019

India is becoming the favorite spot for foreign tourists and this is evident with the current rise of India’s position in the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index 2019. The jump of six ranks has lead India to 34th position from 40th.

As per records, In 2013 India was ranked 65, which later changed to 52nd position in the year 2015. Then a big improved was seen in 2017 when India secured the 40th place with the surge of 12.

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A report published by World Economic Forum (WEF) states “India, which accounts for the majority of South Asia’s travel and tourism (T&T) GDP, remains the subregion’s most competitive T&T economy, moving up six places to rank thirty-fourth globally, India showed the greatest percentage improvement to its overall Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) score, which has helped it become the only lower-middle-income country in the top 35.”

The report further included “From a sub-regional perspective, the nation has better air (33 rank) and ground and port infrastructure (28 rank), international openness (51 rank) and natural (14 rank) and cultural resources (ranked at 8) compared to global benchmarks, the country can also add price competitiveness (13 rank) to its roster of strengths,”

The reporter indicated that around 1.5 crore foreign tourists visited India, and this has contributed the 3.6 percent share in the total travel and tourism sector.

India has represented a noteworthy hype in South Asia’s travel and tourism GDP and thus making India a very competitive Travel and Tourism focused economy of the sub-region. On the contrary, Pakistan has marked the least improvement in T&T sector due to unfavorable safety and security and this holding the 134th position.

The major sub-indexes that concluded the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index 2019 are; travel and tourism policy and enabling conditions, enabling environment, infrastructure, and natural and cultural resources. The report further added that “India has improved air infrastructure which is ranked 33rd; group and port infrastructure is ranked at 28th; international openness ranked at 51st; natural resources ranked at 14th, and cultural resources ranked at 8th place.” And, India has held a remarkable position in all sub-indexes, thus achieving the jump of 6positions and securing 34th rank.

The report clearly demonstrates the scope of improvement that can boost the competitiveness of Indian T&T sectors in the coming years, and areas which need improvement are tourist service infrastructure and environmental sustainability. If we focus on the required areas, India can possibly overtake other countries and break into the top-20 position.

FYI, Spain is leading with the number one position followed other countries namely France, Germany, Japan, United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Italy, Canada, and Switzerland. Yemen has achieved the last position in the list.

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