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Barbados beats out US and UK as safe tourist destination

Barbados beats out US and UK as safe tourist destination
12 Apr

Barbados has been ranked as the fifty-fith safest country in the world for holidaymakers to visit in a prestigious new report, beating the United Kingdom at 78th place and United States limping past the pole in 84th position.

While Finland is named as the safest place for a vaction.

The UAE and Iceland scored second and third place respectively in the ranking, which looks at the extent to which a country exposes tourists and business to security risks including violence and terrorism.

Oman took fourth place, followed closely by Hong Kong, Singapore and Norway in fifth, sixth and seventh place respectively.

Switzerland scored eighth, Rwanda soared to ninth and Qatar rounded out the top ten.

Trinidad and Jamaica were the only other Caribbean islands rated. They ranked 115 and 119 respectively.

The safety and security rating was one section of a biennial report from the Geneva-based World Economic Forum. The risk of becoming a victim to petty crime was not included in the category.

The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report ranked 136 countries on factors and policies that influence the travel and tourism sector and contribute to a country’s development and competitiveness.

The least safe destination in the world was revealed to be Colombia, followed by war-torn Yemen and El Salvador. Popular vacation spot Egypt ranked 130th, followed by politically tumultuous Venezuela in 131st, then Nigeria in 132nd and Pakistan 133th.

Spain, meanwhile, has been crowned the world’s most tourist-friendly country in the report thanks to its cultural and natural offerings, along with its top tourism infrastructure.

Despite the terrorist atrocities that have blighted France in recent years, it defeated its European rivals to take second place, buoyed by its cultural strengths.

Germany took third place, Japan soared into fourth, from ninth in 2015, while the UK retained its fifth place position.

The United States claimed the sixth spot, followed by Australia at seventh then Italy, Canada and Switzerland in eighth, ninth and tenth place respectively.

Each country receives a score in categories, from hygiene and information technology to safety and security, with the final rankings being determined by an average.

War-torn Yemen ranked bottom of the report, followed by Chad, Burundi and the Congo.

Europe had the strongest travel and tourism competitiveness in the world welcoming 1.2billion international visitors in 2016. Its advantage is attributed to strong health and hygiene standards, cultural richness and safety.

Japan topped the list of the most improved countries followed by Azerbaijan and Tajikistan. Japan was rated highly due to its unique cultural appeal and it was noted that it’s excellent for business travel.

The report found that outbound travel from Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific is expected to boom in the coming decade.

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