The latest Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013 has revealed that Kuwait is the most unfriendliest in the Middle East region and ranks the 4th unfriendliest country in the world.
Themed under the title ‘“Reducing Barriers to Economic Growth and Job Creation”, the report assesses 140 economies worldwide based on the extent to which they are putting in place the factors and policies to make it attractive to develop the travel and tourism sector.
The report assessed the “attitude of a population toward foreign visitors”, with a score of one depicting an unwelcoming attitude and seven highlighting the country to welcome visitors. Out of the 140 countries , Kuwait ranked 137 with a score of 5.2. Bolivia was ranked the least tourist-friendly nation in the world, with a score of 4.1 and bagging the 140th slot. Surprisingly, countries torn by war do not appear at the bottom of the list.
Pakistan, the Slovak Republic, Bulgaria, Mongolia, China, Korea and Saudi Arabia scored poorly and are included amongst the 10 least welcoming countries of the world.
The top countries of choice for tourism include Iceland (6.8), New Zealand (6.8) and Morocco (6.7)., Macedonia (6.7), Austria (6.7) and Senegal (6.7).
The UAE was ranked the 15th most tourist-friendly country, followed by Yemen (18), Bahrain (20), Lebanon (22), Oman (35), Jordan (52), Egypt (61), Algeria (94), Qatar (109) and Saudi Arabia (128).
The dataset includes both survey data from the World Economic Forum’s annual Executive Opinion Survey and quantitative data from publicly available sources, international organisations, and tourism institutions and experts (IATA, the IUCN, the UNWTO, WTTC, UNCTAD, and UNESCO). The survey is carried out among chief executive officers and top business leaders in all economies covered by World Economic Forum research.