Chile classified 57th out of a total of 133 countries ranked in 2009 as to their competitiveness in tourism, in a study prepared by the World Economic Forum. In South America Chile ranked second, after Brazil (45).
The list, which is topped internationally by Switzerland, measures various factors: business environment, tourism infrastructure, natural, cultural and human resources. However, it also specifically considers environmental sustainability; the country’s policies in the areas of safety, health and hygiene, air transport, terrestrial and technology infrastructure; and price competitiveness. Other countries ranked highly at the international level were Austria, Germany, France, Canada, Spain and Sweden.
The categories in which Chile was highly rated were politics and regulations (19th worldwide), and ease of foreign investment and setting up businesses in a secure environment (38th place). Chile was ranked 58th globally and number one in South America in terms of infrastructure (air and land transport, tourism infrastructure, technology, information and communication and price competitiveness).
As regards culture, another point in Chile’s favor is its five Cultural Sites that have been declared World Heritage Sites by Unesco, in addition to the numerous fairs and exhibits that are held in the country.