Spain is the 'best holiday destination in the world'

Tossa de Mar on the Costa Brava, Catalunya, Spain
Tossa de Mar on the Costa Brava, Catalunya, Spain

Spain has been named the safest, cleanest and cheapest place in the world for tourists in the World Economic Forum's annual Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report.

The Mediterranean country's success was attributed to its unique offering of both cultural (such as museums and tourist attractions) and natural resources, combined with sound tourism service infrastructure, air transport connectivity and strong policy support.

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According to the report, Spain has benefited from diverted tourism from the security-troubled Middle East and provides an excellent environment for the travel and tourism sector to flourish.

Spain was followed by France (2nd), Germany (3rd), Japan (4th), the UK (5th), the United States (6th), Australia (7th), Italy (8th), Canada (9th) and Switzerland (10th).

A World Economic Forum spokesperson said: "Despite increased fear of terrorism, tourism performance of countries such as France and Germany have not declined significantly, confirming a strong resilience of the tourism sector to security shocks in the presence of strong institutions and sound fundamentals."