Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2009

Costa Rica is first in Latin America with an index of 4.60. Panama is at 4.28, Guatemala 4.00, El Salvador 3.90, Honduras 3.78, Nicaragua 3.76.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


This cross-country analysis of the drivers of competitiveness in travel and tourism provides useful comparative information for making business decisions and additional value to governments wishing to improve their travel and tourism environments.

The rankings are based on the first-ever Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) covering 124 countries around the world. The TTCI uses a combination of data from publicly available sources, international T&T institutions and T&T experts, as well as the results of the Executive Opinion Survey, a comprehensive annual survey conducted by the World Economic Forum, together with its network of Partner Institutes (leading research institutes and business organizations) in the countries covered by the Report. The Survey provides unique data on many qualitative institutional and business environment issues. Further, for the purposes of this study and this specific report, a number of new questions related to T&T competitiveness were added to the Survey on issues such as the quality of destination marketing and the government’s prioritization of the T&T industry. These questions provide entirely new data related to T&T competitiveness.

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