Japan 9th in international tourism competitiveness ranking

Previous ranking released in 2013

VIENNA - Japan was ninth among countries and regions around the globe in its ability to attract tourists, according to the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index 2015 Ranking announced Wednesday by the World Economic Forum, a private research institution.

Japan climbed five ranks from 14th in the previous ranking released in 2013 due to its excellent hospitality, which was highly praised, among other factors, according to the ranking.

The ranking measures more than 90 indicators - such as safety, hygiene, human resources and the labour market, traffic infrastructure and the business environment - of 141 nations and regions around the world, and then compares them.

Japan was highly recognised for its culture of respecting customer-centred hospitality, topping the rankings for customer care and ranking second in the staff training indicator.