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Morocco Ranks 28th World Safest Country for Tourism

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has ranked Morocco out of 140 countries as 28th world’s safest for tourism.

In its ‘Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2019,’ the NGO which has a 1,000 multi-national company’s membership, published the rankings as part of its global about tourism competitiveness.

The North African country came ahead of a number of world’s popular tourist destinations, such as Germany (41st), the United Kingdom (45th), and France (51st) in terms of safety and security.

The report also holds that Finland, Iceland, and Oman are the safest countries in the world for tourists.

Although it listed as number in the overall rankings of travel and tourism competitiveness, Spain ranked first, followed by France, Germany, Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom.

In addition to safety and security, the report took into consideration 13 other criteria, including infrastructure, business environment, and travel and tourism policies.

Morocco’s ranking varied depending on the criteria. Morocco is among the top 50 countries globally for business environment (38th), prioritization of travel and tourism (26th), price competitiveness (46th), environmental sustainability (44th), and cultural resources (47th).

However, Morocco ranked poorly in terms of health and hygiene (97th), human resources and labor market (99th), international openness (80th), and tourist service infrastructure (78th).

In the Middle East and North Africa region, Morocco came top in terms of travel and tourism prioritization (26th globally), and in natural resources (63rd).

The report also recognized Morocco as the country that has improved the most in the region in terms of business environment (38th globally) and air transport infrastructure (58th).

Although Morocco has made progress as a tourism market, its global rank in tourism competitiveness did not improve.

The previous report, published in 2017, put Morocco in the 65th rank overall, one rank higher than this year’s index.

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