On the one hand, the number of outgoing trips from Israel overseas has shot up so far this year to 1.4 million, 9% more than in the corresponding period last year. On the other hand, according to the World Economic Forum Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2105, Israel is in 136th place out of 141 countries for price competitiveness in tourism services.
Israel is rated the sixth most expensive place in the world for the cost of travelling or investing in it, after Norway, the UK, France, Australia, and Switzerland. In the previous report, Israel came 53rd in this category.
Israel is rated 51st for provision of a business environment that is supportive of tourism, with countries like Estonia, Armenia, Jordan and Mauritius ahead of it in this respect. Singapore comes top on this count.
On safety and security, Israel is in 99th place, behind Jordan, Iran and Tunisia. Finland is rated the safest place in the world for tourists, and Nigeria the most dangerous. Israel is also ranked 99th for natural resources, that is landscape, natural parks and richness of the fauna, and development of outdoor tourism activities. Brazil comes top in this category, followed by Australia and the US.
Israel ranks a respectable 32nd for ICT (information and communications technology) readiness, with Finland again top, and 36th for health and hygiene.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on May 11, 2015
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