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Slovenia Continues to Slide in WEF Competitiveness Rankings


The Economy Ministry, which is in charge of tourism, has announced a precise analysis and measures to address the issue.

Slovenia continued to slide in 2015 as it was also down six spots compared to its ranking in 2011 WEF Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report.

The country is however still five spots higher compared to its ranking in 2007, Eva Štravs Podlogar, the acting head of the Tourism and Internationalisation Directorate at the ministry has told the STA.

"The ministry and the SPIRIT agency will examine the results of tourism competitiveness. We will pay special attention to the segments where indicators are worse than in the previous years, and plan measures for their improvement," she announced.

The ministry will also work with other departments in preparing measures to boost the competitiveness of Slovenia's tourism, according to Štravs Podlogar.

As part of the survey, the WEF assesses countries in various criteria on a scale from 1 to 7. Slovenia's tourism competitive index for this year is 4.17, down from 4.58 two years ago.

Slovenia regressed the most (by nine spots) in the political regulation and business environment segment to rank 42th, which is also Slovenia's ranking in the infrastructure segment.

The country also slipped in the natural and cultural resources segment, to the 53th place, and ranked 95th in the business trips segment among the 141 countries.

Slovenia also performed poorly when it comes to the government's attitude to tourism and travel, where it landed at the 121st spot. "We will be making extra effort to improve the indicators in this field," Štravs Podlogar announced.

In the business environment segment, which includes tax legislation and labour and employment, Slovenia is 106th.

The country meanwhile made progress in the environmental sustainability (by five spots to 19th), safety (by 12 spots to 14th) and health and hygiene (by five spots to 37th).

This year's rankings are topped by Spain, followed by France, Germany and the US. The top ten is wrapped up by the UK, Switzerland, Australia, Italy, Japan and Canada.


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