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Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index 2017


The World Economic Forum has published its latest Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) in April 2017. It has been found that the travel & tourism industry continues to make a real difference to the lives of millions of people by driving growth, creating jobs, reducing poverty and fostering development and tolerance. For the sixth consecutive year, industry growth outperforms that of the global economy, showcasing the industry’s resilience in the face of global geopolitical uncertainty and economic volatility. 


The top 10 TTCI global rankings is as follows:

1.      Spain (ranked 1st for the second time)

2.      France

3.      Germany

4.      Japan (gained five places)

5.      United Kingdom

6.      United States (losing two places)

7.      Australia

8.      Italy

9.      Canada (gained one place)

10.  Switzerland (losing four places)


On the African market, Mauritius is ranked 1st in Eastern Africa, with a score of 3.9 and has progressed by one place since 2015.

Key indicators for Mauritius

International tourist arrivals


International tourism inbound receipts

US $1,431.7 million

Average receipts per arrival

US $1,243.6

T&T industry GDP

US $1,321.0 million

T&T industry employment

58,641 jobs


South Africa (53rd), Mauritius (55th), Kenya (80th) and Namibia (82nd) are presented as the four most competitive economies concerning. Air connectivity along with visa policies have been stated as challenges for the African region.


The TTCI is based on 4 main pillars as listed below:


- Enabling Environment

- T&T Policy and Enabling Conditions

- Infrastructure

- Natural & Cultural Resources


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