05.17.15

Seychelles ranks 2nd for tourism competitiveness in Africa

Posted in Tourism industry at 1:23 pm by Robert Klien

Seychelles was ranked 2nd in Africa in the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index 2015. Compared to the 2013 report, the jurisdiction dropped from 38th to 54th place globally out of 141 countries, with its overall index result sliding from 4.51 to 4.

The main factors in the lower rankings were Seychelles’ indices for price competitiveness, cultural resources and business travel.

At 1st place in the region were South Africa, while Seychelles’ neighbouring island of Mauritius was placed 3rd.

The 115-island archipelago of Seychelles is famous for its crystal-clear warm waters, picturesque tropical beaches and population of just 90,000 people that has a reputation as a small but luxurious holiday destination, welcoming just over 230,000 international tourists in 2014.

To determine the rankings in the biennial report, not only arrivals were taken into account but also 14 sub-indices under four pillars:
– Enabling Environment,
– Travel and Tourism Policy,
– Infrastructure and Natural,
– Cultural Resources.

The report is compiled from numerous reputable data sources, including the World Bank, UNESCO, the World Health Organisation, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the World Tourism Organisation.

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