Spain, France, Germany, Japan and the United States are the countries best equipped to welcome tourists in 2019 according to the latest travel and tourism ranking of the World Economic Forum.


The top 10 have remained largely unchanged since the last report was published in 2017, apart from the UK which slid from fifth to sixth place. Australia was seventh, Italy eighth, Canada ninth and Switzerland tenth.


The biennial report is based upon various factors such as access to natural and cultural resources, infrastructure and economic performance.


So, how has Spain managed to claim the top spot in the index since 2015? It boasts superb natural resources, from “vibrant cities to sunny beaches”, and a cultural offering that ranges from “Medieval festivals to contemporary art”. With regard to infrastructure, the country again rates highly, having invested heavily in the past decade in its roads, railways and airports.


The United Arab Emirates was the most attractive Middle Eastern country, while Mauritius, in 54th place, was the highest-ranking country in Africa.


Yemen came in last out of all 140 countries.

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