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GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS

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WEF REPORT: SA IS THE MOST COMPETITIVE TRAVEL & TOURISM DESTINATION IN AFRICA
The latest World Economic Forum (WEF) Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report for 2017 ranks South Africa as the most economically competitive travel and tourist destination in Africa, with Mauritius following closely in 2nd position. Despite sustained economic growth, travel and tourism in sub-Saharan Africa remains mostly untapped, as air connectivity, travel costs, visa policies and infrastructure remain key challenges to tourism growth. While tourism in the region is mainly driven by natural tourism, there is also significant room for improvement in protecting, valuing and communicating cultural richness.

On the globe South Africa ranks 53 overall, with Mauritius (55), Kenya (80) and Namibia (82) all representing Africa well in the global rankings. Topping the global list is Spain, France and Germany respectively. Click here to read much more from the full report.


The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report assesses the competitiveness landscape of 140 economies, providing insight into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity. The Report series remains the most comprehensive assessment of national competitiveness worldwide.

WEF RELEASES GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS REPORT FOR 2016/17

The recently released World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report for 2017 and 2018 shows that South Africa has significantly dropped in rank and now lies at 61st which is down 14 places from last year. The most significant area of progress include it being the most innovative in the sub-Saharan African region coming in at 39th. On the negative side, the most problematic factors for doing business in South Africa were persistently low international demand for commodities; political uncertainty, and its high and rising unemployment rate. However, it is still performing well within the African context. We have also provided a table below that outlines the South African index in detail and gives a ranking out of 137 countries on the respective tourism-related indices calculated in the report. To view the entire WEF Global Competitiveness South African profile, Click Here.

Specific tourism-related indices calculated

Rank out of 137 countries

Efficiency of legal framework in challenging  regulations 36 / 137
Transparency of government policymaking 74 / 137
Reliability of police services 118 / 137
Quality of overall infrastructure 72 / 137
Quality of roads 50 / 137
Quality of airport infrastructure 25/ 137
Available airline seat kilometres (millions/week) 29 / 137
Extent of staff training 39 / 137
Intensity of local competitions 44/ 137
Number of procedures to start a business 70 / 137
Prevalence of foreign ownership 47 / 137
Flexibility of wage determination 132 / 137
Ease of access to loans 62 / 137
Soundness of banks 37 / 137
Mobile-broadband subscriptions 71 / 137
Capacity for innovation 30 / 137

 

  • Click Here for more on, and to download, the WEF Global Competitiveness Report for 2017/ 18.
  • Click Here to download the WEF Global Competitiveness Rankings for 2017/18.

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View these latest United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) reports and studies concerning competitiveness in the travel and tourism industry: