On The Beaten Path: This European Country Is The Top Spot To Travel This Year

Planning a summer getaway abroad? You might want to consider setting your sights on Spain, the World Economic Forum’s latest tourism report suggests.

The biennial report – this year titled ‘The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017: Paving the way for a more sustainable and inclusive future’ – looks at qualities like health and hygiene, safety and security, infrastructure, and natural resources to determine the world’s most travel-friendly destinations.

Based largely on data from the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) – which ranks 136 countries on the aforementioned qualities – Spain was identified as the top tourist destination this year.

The European country – famous for its stunning Gaudi architecture and mouth-watering food and drink (think paella and sangria) – scored the top spot thanks to a combination of cultural and natural qualities, along with its accessibility by air and strong tourism infrastructure.

Streets of Spain

Spain has experienced a recent boost in tourism from travellers who’ve opted out of trips to the Middle East or certain parts of Western Europe out of security fears, the report notes.

France, Germany, Japan and the U.K. came after Spain in the rankings, but Mexico and India made considerable gains from the last report.

So - have you started packing yet?

h/t Travel and Leisure

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