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Thursday, 26 May 2022

Egypt moves up ranking of World Economic Forum tourism index

We’ve moved up the World Economic Forum’s tourism index: Egypt has moved up six spots in the WEF’s Travel & Tourism Development Index 2021 (pdf) to rank 51st of 117 countries.

The ranking makes us the second-most improved country, as well as the highest-ranked African nation, and fifth-highest in the Middle East. The last time the forum published the list was in 2019.

What exactly does the ranking mean? The list measures “the set of factors and policies that enable the sustainable and resilient development of the travel and tourism sector, which in turn contributes to the development of a country,” the WEF says. The ranking takes into account factors including the business environment for tourism firms, price competitiveness, infrastructure, demand drivers, and environmental sustainability.

Elsewhere in the region: The UAE ranked 25th in the WEF’s list and first in the Middle East, followed by Saudi Arabia, which jumped 10 places to come in 33rd, Qatar (43rd) and Israel (47th).

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