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Taiwan tourism gains higher ranking in WEF

Taiwan tourism gains higher ranking in WEF

Taiwan's global travel and tourism competitiveness ranking moved up to 43rd this year from 52nd in 2008, according to the latest survey report released by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
The WEF-drawn Global Competitiveness Rankings are based on the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) and covers 133 economies around the world.
Taiwan's higher TTCI global ranking this year could probably be attributed to its increased number of hotel rooms and car rentals as well as a surge in its creative industries exports, analysts said.
However, despite an improved ranking in 2009, Taiwan fell far short of the 30th place it held in 2007 when the WEF release TTCI rankings for the first time.
Among Taiwan's major competitors was China, which moved up in the 2009 rankings to 47th from 62nd in 2008, and South Korea, which remained in the 31st spot.
According to the WEF report, Switzerland, Austria and Germany maintained the top three places in that order, in the TTCI report.
Rounding out the top 10 list were France, Canada, Spain, Sweden, the United States, Australia and Singapore, in descending order.
Meanwhile, Taiwan placed ninth in the TTCI's Asia-Pacific rankings, trailing behind Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Thailand, but placed one notch ahead of China.
As the data used in the comparative reports was collected between February and May last year, WEF executives said, the economic crisis sparked by the U.S. subprime fallout was not factored into the travel trade.


Updated : 2021-08-02 01:40 GMT+08:00