China has risen two positions to the 15th in the latest global tourism competitiveness ranking released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on April 6.
The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017 ranks 136 countries and regions across 14 dimensions, revealing how well countries could deliver sustainable economic and societal benefits through their travel and tourism sector.
While advanced economies, such as Spain, France and Germany, continue to top the rankings, 12 of the top 15 most improved countries are emerging markets, with Asia's as exponents.
China received nearly 57 million tourists in 2016, which accounted for over 20% of international arrivals in Asia, according to the report, which attributes the improvement of China's ranking to the country's increased international openness, improved information and communications technology readiness and further investments in infrastructure.
According to WEF's statistics, the global travel and tourism sector accounts for 10% of global GDP and provides one in 10 jobs worldwide.
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