Spain is the world’s most tourist friendly country
We were very pleased to see that for the first time, Spain made it to the top of the charts in a world ranking of tourism and travel released on Wednesday.
The World Economic Forum published the rankings this week, saying that Spain’s move to the top position was “a positive sign for the country’s continuing recovery. With beautiful heritage sites throughout the country, it boasts top marks for its cultural resources, and also scores highly for business travellers with a significant number of international conferences,” the report said.
The country was rated first globally for cultural resources, fourth for supporting tourists’ online searches for entertainment and fourth for infrastructure.
Spain jumped to first place this year up from fourth place in the last ranking in 2013, and up from eighth place in 2011. Earlier this year, Spain broke two records for the number of international tourists in January and February reaching 6.5 million and for tourist spending reaching €6.6 billion.
In Wednesday’s tourism ranking, Spain beat out Switzerland, which took first place in 2013 and sank to sixth place this year. France took second place after Spain, followed by Germany in third place, the United States in fourth and the United Kingdom in fifth.
The World Economic Forum rated 141 countries across 14 criteria to determine how well each place provided economic and societal benefits in the travel and tourism sector. The new and growing middle class in countries like China are having more of an impact on tourism in Spain and across the world, the report said, as well as Western seniors and the Millennial generation. Spain also saw a surge in tourists from Mexico and Brazil.
We at Barcelona Bienestar are working hard to offer tourists a unique and unforgettable experience in Barcelona and Ibiza with our health, wellness, fitness and sport holidays and retreats. So many people want to visit Spain, and we want to ensure that they get the most possible from their holiday, whether it is a short break or longer stay.
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