04/09/2013 09:24 EDT | Updated 04/11/2013 02:55 EDT

Friendliest Countries For Tourists Ranked By World Economic Forum (PHOTOS)


Canada is famous for its friendliness, but it isn’t the most welcoming country for travellers, according to a recent report.

The World Economic Forum’s Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report ranked 140 countries in several categories, including on the “attitude of population toward foreign visitors.”

It assigned scores on a scale from one, “very unwelcome,” to seven, “very welcome.” Canada ranked 12th with value of 6.6, a score it shared with many other nations. The average was 6.1.

The report assessed travel & tourism industries in other categories, such as safety and security, tourism infrastructure, and many more.

Overall, Canada ranked eighth, up one spot from last year. The report commended Canada for its World Heritage sites, natural resources, air transportation infrastructure and cultural resources (“international fairs and exhibitions”), among its other attributes. But it also mentioned the country’s price competitiveness and environmental sustainability as concerns, as well as “a decline in the perception of the enforcement of environmental regulations.”

The report included data from “publicly available sources, international travel and tourism institutions and experts,” as well as information from the Executive Opinion Survey administered by the WEF and partnering organizations.

Have you travelled to any of these countries? Did they feel welcoming?

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