Pakistan has made a big jump on International Travel and Tourism Development Index by moving up six places, according to the latest report released by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

The 2021 edition of the Travel and Tourism Development Index includes 117 countries.

The index ranks the countries based on the set of factors and policies that enable the sustainable and resilient development of each country's travel and tourism industry.

The international travel and tourism competitive index titled “Rebuilding for a Sustainable and Resilient Future,” has placed Pakistan at 83rd place, which is up from 89th place in the index’s previous edition of 2019.

“Six points increase in the raking of Pakistan on global travel and tourism index is quite a significant progress and now Pakistan is among the countries in the Asia Pacific Region that have improved its ranking the most since 2019”, Aftabur Rehman Rana, Managing Director of the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC), said.

He informed that during the last two years federal and provincial governments have made good progress in improving the performance of the tourism sector in Pakistan by taking various steps to overall improve the condition of tourism services infrastructure, business environment, safety and security, health and hygiene, ICT readiness, and socioeconomic resilience and conditions.

“Although we have made good progress still we need to do a lot to further enhance the performance of the tourism sector in Pakistan in coming years which has huge potential to play a key role in the overall socio-economic development of Pakistan,” he added.

Overall, Japan grabbed the top spot on the latest edition of the index. Japan is followed by the USA, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Singapore, and Italy which have been ranked in the top 10 indexes for Travel and Tourism Development, respectively.

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