Chile topped the rankings in the fourth annual Adventure Tourism Development Index in its category among 163 developing nations, pipping the Czech and Slovak republics, Israel, and Estonia, who rounded out the top five.
The recently released results from 2011 represented a steady growth for the Andean nation, from sixth spot in 2009, and third place in 2010 in the index.
Done in conjunction by the The George Washington University, Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) and Vital Wave Consulting, the rankings considered ten “pillars” of a country’s adventure tourism industry; sustainable development policy, safety, health, natural resources, adventure resources, entrepreneurship, humanitarian, cultural resources, infrastructure, and image.
Ratings are calculated through a combination of expert survey data and quantitative data gathered from international indices.
“Chile ranks extremely highly as an attractive environment for entrepreneurs, and its status as the world’s seventh freest economy supports business development initiatives in a stable climate free from much of the corruption common in other countries in the region,” the report reads.
“This combined with a wealth of adventure activity resources make Chile a particularly attractive country for adventure tourism development.”
Coming in at top spot for the developed nations was Switzerland, and Chile stacked up well against its European rival, outscoring it in the Natural Resources and Image pillars, and coming in at within half a point in the Adventure Resources and Entrepreneurship pillars.
“Chile’s 6,435 kilometers (sic) of coastline gave the country a strong advantage in the Natural Resources pillar against landlocked Switzerland,” the report states. “Chile also had significantly lower population density with 22.8 people per square kilometer compared to Switzerland’s 183.9 people per square kilometer.”
Switzerland was followed in the developed nations ranking by New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Austria, Sweden, and Japan.
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