We all have opinions on the most welcoming places in the world, but there is an actual study to gauge friendliness. World Economic Forum’s “Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report” ranked 140 countries according to attractiveness and competitiveness in the travel and tourism industry. Countries were ranked on a scale of 0-7 with 0 being “very unwelcome” and 7 being “very welcome.”
To be the friendliest, depended on”the factors and policies to make it attractive to develop the travel and tourism sector,” according to the report. The countries that were ranked as unwelcoming had issues with security and safety, underdeveloped infrastructure, and concerns over stable development.
Europe was the top ranking region this year, where as The Middle East trended towards the unfriendly side of the list as did Central and South America.
We’ve highlighted 10 of the most surprising high and low ranking countries. Their “Attitude of Population Toward Foreign Visitors,” is how we narrowed them down. Keep reading to see where Rwanda, Morocco, Bosnia, Venezuela, Iran, Indonesia, Trinidad & Tobago, Australia and China fall as well as the tips and customs you’ll need to navigate these regions.
Most Friendly Country: Iceland #1
Coming in at #1 on the report is Iceland. Iceland offers long summer days and short nights that make it very popular for tourism during those months. Iceland can be one of the most beautiful and inspiring trips of a lifetime. However be sure to pack smartly as everyday attire won’t survive against the rough walking terrain and intense wind the climate has in store.
Iceland also has a national holiday called “Beer Day” on March 1, when it is common to do a large bar crawl until 4am to celebrate the most popular alcoholic beverage in the country.