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Japan ranks first in WEF’s Travel & Tourism Development Index 2021

This picture taken on April 16, 2022 shows blooming cherry trees at a farm of the Flower Association of Japan in Yuki, northeastern Ibaraki prefecture. (AFP)
This picture taken on April 16, 2022 shows blooming cherry trees at a farm of the Flower Association of Japan in Yuki, northeastern Ibaraki prefecture. (AFP)
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25 May 2022 03:05:31 GMT9
25 May 2022 03:05:31 GMT9

Diana Farah

DUBAI: Japan has ranked number one in the World Economic Forum’s 2021 Travel & Tourism Development Index (TTDI), it was announced on Thursday. 

In a May 2022 report by WEF that covered 117 countries, Japan came in first with a score of 5.2. 

The index uses several pillars to evaluate rankings such as business environment, safety & security and health & hygiene.

Right after Japan, the US came in second and third was Spain. The UAE came in 25th, while Saudi Arabia ranked 33rd. 

Other Arab countries ranked in the TTDI included Qatar at 43, Egypt at 51, Bahrain at 57 and Jordan at 64. 

According to WEF, the economies covered this year account for approximately 96% of the world’s direct T&T GDP in 2020. 

The report discussed the impact of COVID-19 on the travel industry and how economies can build for a better future. 

The full TTDI report can be found here

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