India is ranked 10th on the list led by the United States, Mexico, Canada and Malaysia (in that order). Interestingly, India is ahead of France, Germany, Japan, Turkey and Spain, all traditional tourist magnets.
The Country Travel Index rated countries based on the attractions they host, the size of their land, the number of known vertebrate species, the ranking of natural assets like beaches and parks , the number of rainforests/jungles, mountains, deserts, beaches, glaciers, forests and the number of ‘Best Cities’ in the top 100 of the ranking.
FAITH, the political federation of all national associations representing the entire tourism, travel and hospitality industry of India, also referred the index to the Ministry of Tourism and said the ranking should form a vital cornerstone of India’s global post-Covid repositioning and marketing campaigns.
The main features that pushed India ahead of traditionally popular tourist destinations were its 40 Unesco World Heritage sites, nearly 1,900 species of animals and at least two cities, Mumbai and Delhi, which are considered among the 100 best metropolises to live in the world. . The index also took into account the quality of roads in India, fuel prices and also pegged the average weekly rentals for trips across the country in India at less than Rs 13,000 per week.