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MACEDONIA RANKS 83RD IN TRAVEL & TOURISM COMPETITIVENESS INDEX


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Macedonia was ranked 83rd in the first-ever Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) covering 124 countries around the world, launched by the World Economic Forum.

Switzerland takes the leading position in the TTCI rankings. Austria and Germany, ranked 2nd and 3rd, respectively, are among the top three countries, together with Denmark, regarding the quality of environmental regulation and they are among the top four in terms of safety and security in the country, with very low crime and violence, and reliable police services.

Germany is rated as doing better with regards to the quality of transport infrastructure, particularly ground transport infrastructure, where it is rated number one, whereas Austria’s tourism specific infrastructure is rated as the best in the world, ahead of Germany.

As regards the countries in the region, Greece was ranked 24th, Croatia 38th, Hungary 40th, Slovenia 44th, Turkey, 52nd, Bulgaria 54th, Serbia and Montenegro 61st, Romania 76th, Albania 90th, Bosnia and Herzegovina 104th.

The measurement of national T &T competitiveness is an important undertaking, as it has become a key sector in world economy. By 2006, the T& T sector accounted for 10.3 per cent of world GDP. The international tourism receipts increased to $623 billion in 2004.

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