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WEF travel index: Bangladesh climbs 5 notches

Staff Reporter, Dhaka
WEF travel index: Bangladesh climbs 5 notches

Bangladesh turns tourist-friendly and hospitable as the nation went five notches up in the travel and tourism index published by World Economic Forum (WEF).

The report dubbed “Travel and Tourism Competitive Report-2019” has found Bangladesh in 120th position up from the previous rank 125th.

The travel and tourism index made the list of 140 countries considering the 90 criteria including air transport, accommodation, security, culture and stable travel opportunities for tourists.

The report lauded Bangladesh's upward trend in being more tourist-friendly. Spain topped the list, followed by France, Germany, Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Italy, Canada, Switzerland.

Japan stood fourth while Bangladesh made the most progress in security and safety.

Among the SAARC countries on the list, India ranked 34 up from 40, Sri Lanka ranked 77 down from 64th, Nepal 102. Pakistan’s ranked just one notch below Bangladesh.

This year, the World Economic Forum attached importance to natural and cultural resources, aviation infrastructure, national travel and tourism policies and appropriate environment.

According to the travel & tourism report, Bangladesh has made the significant progress in terms of security and safety.

The hope for Bangladesh is that due to natural resources and cultural heritage, there will be significant improvement in the tourism industry, it says, adding that the number of tourists will also increase in future.

There are also some challenges for the tourism industry of the country, which is facing poor tourism services, air pollution and water logging.

For these reasons, the country's natural tourism is threatened, it says.

Increasing wildlife sanctuaries for sustainable development of Bangladesh tourism, conservation of natural resources and preventing deforestation can accelerate the development of tourism, the WEF report adds.

BK

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