Canada first

Another day, another poll. This one, conducted by Globescan, rates Canada as having the most positive rating among citizens from 27 countries. Fifty-four percent of respondents felt that Canada’s influence is mainly positive, while only 14% think it is negative. However, Globescan analysts think this positive view may be due to a lack of awareness about Canada, rather than approval of our international policies.

For tourism, this is good news: we don’t have to sell Canada’s safety and approval ratings. We just need to tell people that there is more to Canada than a high approval rating!

WEF Travel and Tourism Competitive Report

The World Economic Forum just released its Travel and Tourism Competitive Report, ranking 124 countries. Canada fared quite well: it landed a 7th place, well ahead of Australia (13) and New Zealand (14), but behind the US (5). We even received 4th for business environment and infrastructure, but 15th for regulatory framework, and 16th for human, cultural and natural resources. Switzerland and Austria led the pack. Executive Summary.

We ranked #1 on many of the indicators, especially those related to health and safety. However, we did poorly on price competitiveness. Ticket taxes and airport charges, for example, ranked 117th, price competitiveness in T&T industry 110th, and purchasing power parity 100th. Country profile for Canada.