Georgia among world’s most tourism-friendly countries

Georgia placed 70th out of 136 countries in the report. Photo by N. Alavidze/, 11 Apr 2017 - 15:04, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia is improving its standing in the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017 showing a rise in tourism-friendliness in a recent report.

The report ranks 136 countries across 14 separate dimensions, revealing how well countries are able to implement sustainable economic and societal benefits through their travel and tourism sector.

Georgia placed 70th out of 136 countries in the report, improving its ranking by one position compared to last year’s results.

Spain topped the list of the most tourist-friendly countries, followed by France and Germany while Chad and Yemen were at the bottom of the list.

Regionally Turkey was found to be the most travel-friendly country with a ranking of 44th, followed by Russia in 43th place, then Georgia in 70th place. Azerbaijan gained 71st place, Armenia came in 84th, Ukraine 88th and Iran placed 93rd. Georgia ranked ahead of Egypt but behind Israel.

Georgia gained a score of 3.7 in the travel and tourism competitiveness pillar, the index was expressed using a scale of 1-7, where 1 was the worst and 7 was the best, across 90 indicators.

Meanwhile, Georgia ranked 22nd best in the world for its business environment, with a score of 5.3. Georgia also placed 29th for business safety and security with its higher score of 6.0.

In terms of health and hygiene, Georgia placed 36st of 136 surveyed countries with a score of 6.1, which was the country’s best result in the whole report.