By Massoud A. Derhally
World Economic Forum report lists the least friendly countries towards tourists
Kuwait is among the world's least friendly countries towards tourists, according to a global travel and tourism competitiveness survey by the World Economic Forum.
Of 140 countries ranked the Gulf state ranked 137 faring worse than all nations except Russia, Venezuela and Bolivia, according to the report.
From the Middle East and North Africa region, Morocco had the best attitude towards foreign visitors coming in at 3rd place behind New Zealand and Iceland.
The UAE was ranked as the 15th place, followed by Yemen (18), Bahrain (20), Lebanon (22), Oman (35), Jordan (52), Egypt in (61), Algeria (94), Qatar (109) and Saudi Arabia (128).
Tourism competitiveness of countries is determined by laws and regulations, environment protection, safety, healthcare, air, land and marine transport infrastructure, tourism infrastructure, price competitiveness, nature and cultural resources, as well as other aspects.
Kuwait, Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Am I missing something these countries all promote a heritage of hospitality? Bravo UAE comming in at 15th. I guess it all starts at the airport/point of entry, a Salaam and a smile and I am in through the egate. It always feels good to be home. Really good to also see Bahrain and Yemen in the top 20, despite real problems in each of these countries the general population can still smile at a stranger.
Simple - stay away. Holiday in SE Asia or Australia.
I don't know how "attitude" is indexed and this report is suspect.
People have selective amnesia and forget religious tourism.
3 million Hajjis during the season temporary bumps national headcount by 10% and its impressive how Makkah "laws, regulations, environment protection, saftey, healthcare, air, land and marine transport etc.etc infrastructure can handle the logistical nightmares.
Not to mention 5 million Umrah visa averaging 400k a month all year long.
I think KSA has not been considered in the ranking .KSA takes care of at least 5 Million Jujaj,s every year and on permanent basis provides hospitality to the coming Muslims for Umrah to all the Muslims regardless of color and Nationalities . Regardless of getting any commercial benefits , I rank KSA as NO I tourist welcoming country .
Agree, immigration is the gateway to a nation and the UAE has the finest immigration in the world, in my opinion. Have you been through immigration in Kuwait, it is a nightmare for expats, they could never have tourism in that country unless they address the way their treat incoming expats into that country. I would advice them to get training in the UAE, to better assist their immigration staff.
I do not disagree nomore. It all starts at the airport!
Kuwait and Saudi Arabia (especially Jeddah Airport) are the worst airports when it comes on hospitality & how they handled expats! It is not at all about procedures but merely attitude of immigration officiers. I found it very annoying when officiers in Kuwait (Qatar as well) bypass Gulf nationals on screening machines against regulations !!
Bravo UAE, from 30 seconds you feel welcomed and this is a good lesson on how you invest and build your infrastructure.
Kuwait.........well deserved not only for tourist most of the foreigners. Their arrogance is notorious. Good report.
Which report has been referenced in this article? According to the (2013) World Economic Forum:T&T Competiveness Report's Global ranking, UAE is 24th, Qatar 41st and all the other rankings above are also incorrect.
Plain and simple: This report is flawed. I agree that Kuwait is hardly a land of smiles and is not very welcoming, but this report lacks substance.
To tell me that Egypt, Yemen and Bahrain excel Kuwait with "environment protection, safety, healthcare, air, land and marine transport infrastructure, tourism infrastructure, price competitivenessâ€¦" is ludicrous and classifies this study as a joke.
No surprise here we do not need any report to inform us of Kuwait well deserved reputation.They have a healthy disdain for most non Kuwaitis.They belong in the 11th century