South Korea ranked No. 15 in global scale, its highest yet, in terms of travel and tourism potential last year, four notches higher from the previous year.
According to a report by the World Economic Forum (WKF) last week, Korea moved up four notches to 15th in the overall rankings of the Travel & Tourism Development Index 2021, with a score of 4.8 among 117 countries.
Japan topped the list, followed by the United States and Spain. In Asia, Singapore ranked second-largest ninth, and China third-largest 12th.
Korea achieved the biggest leap in a year in the top 30. It marks the highest ranking in history as well.
The WKF announced the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index biannually since 2007. With rapid changes in market circumstances and variables, the rankings have been updated to the Travel & Tourism Development Index this year.
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