Published on : Friday, June 9, 2017
The Philippines is ranked 126th among 136 countries when it comes to ensuring the safety and security of tourists. Security concerns remain rampant in the country. The report said, “Security concerns remain high and diminished protection of property rights, less effective judicial system and stricter rules on [foreign direct investments] have reduced the conduciveness of the business environment.”
The WEF report ranks the top 10 most dangerous countries for tourists as Colombia, Yemen, El Salvador, Pakistan, Nigeria, Venezuela, Egypt, Kenya, Honduras and Ukraine. Lebanon, Mali, Bangladesh, Chad, Guatemala, South Africa, Jamaica, Thailand, and the Democratic Republic of Congo round up the top 20. Thailand, Pakistan, and Bangladesh are the only other Asia-Pacific countries included in the list.
Finland retained its spot as the safest country for tourists.
The report said, “The [travel and tourism] sector continues to develop on the back of the country’s rich natural resources and high price competitiveness, and arrivals have continued to grow so far. At the same time, environmental policy has improved but remains low, risking to undermine natural resources, the main asset for attracting tourists in the country.”
The report said the Philippines can still regain its competitiveness through policy interventions on areas such as visa policy and international openness and effectiveness of ground transport.