Vietnam was the biggest mover among Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) destinations, rising eight places in the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s recently released Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) 2017.
Cambodia, China, Laos, and Thailand also improved in their rankings. Myanmar was not surveyed.
GMS members’ TTCI 2017 rankings:
Vietnam’s Tourism Price Competitiveness Slipping
Vietnam’s tourism competitiveness climbed eight spots to 67th in WEF’s TTCI 2017.
In the category of “price competitiveness”, however, Vietnam slipped from the third cheapest tourism destination in Southeast Asia in 2015 to the third most expensive in 2017. Yet it is still among the cheapest destinations in the world.
The WEF report evaluates travel destinations under 14 criteria.
Vietnam is highly evaluated in terms of “natural resources”, “cultural resources”, “competitive prices”, and “qualified service human resources”.
Though Vietnam was not highly regarded in “IT infrastructure”, it recorded a significant improvement in its score, rising 17 levels to 80th position in the world, mainly due to 3G covering 94 per cent of the country.
The criteria hampering Vietnam’s tourism competitiveness were “environmental sustainability” (where it ranked 129th in the world), “high emissions” (128th), “deforestation” (103rd), and “water treatment” (107th).