India Soars In Travel And Tourism Development; Ranks 39 On WEF Index

TTDI provides a well-rounded picture of a country's competitiveness in the global travel and tourism market.

by Nikitha Sebastian
India Soars In Travel And Tourism Development; Ranks 39 On WEF Index

India’s travel and tourism industry has taken a significant stride forward, climbing to the 39th position in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) prestigious Travel & Tourism Development Index (TTDI) 2024. This impressive rise, from 54th in 2021, reflects the country’s resilience in the face of the pandemic and its growing competitiveness on the global tourism stage.

India Soars In Travel and Tourism Development

 The World Economic Forum’s Travel & Tourism Development Index (TTDI) is a comprehensive assessment of a country’s travel and tourism industry, conducted every two years. It examines 140 economies across various factors that influence tourist experiences and industry growth.

These factors are broadly categorised into four areas: the overall government support for tourism development (enabling environment), the policies and measures specifically designed to make travel easier and more attractive (travel and tourism policy), the infrastructure available to tourists (transport networks, accommodation, etc.), and the inherent appeal of the country itself (natural beauty, cultural heritage, etc.). By considering these various aspects, the TTDI provides a well-rounded picture of a country’s competitiveness in the global travel and tourism market.

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Reasons Behind India’s Success

India’s strong showing in the WEF index is attributed to several factors. The report highlights the country’s competitive pricing, making it an attractive destination for budget-conscious travellers. Additionally, India boasts a wealth of natural and cultural resources, from the majestic Himalayas to the vibrant historical monuments. The government’s focus on infrastructure development in recent years, with improved transportation networks and tourist facilities, has also played a key role in enhancing the travel experience.

While India has made significant progress, there’s still room for improvement. Its overall TTDI score remains 2.1% lower than its pre-pandemic level of 2019. This indicates that certain areas, like streamlining visa processes and promoting sustainable tourism practices, require further attention.

India’s top ranking in South Asia and among lower-middle-income nations is a significant achievement, potentially boosting investor confidence in the Indian tourism sector and attracting more international visitors. With continued focus on infrastructure development, policy reforms, and sustainability initiatives, India has the potential to climb higher in the TTDI rankings.

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Tourism contributes significantly to India’s GDP, generates employment opportunities, and fosters cultural exchange. As India develops its travel and tourism industry, it can expect to reap the benefits of a thriving tourism sector, attracting visitors from around the world.

Cover Image Courtesy: Canva (Representative Index)

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