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The past few years have witnessed the growing popularity of adventure tourism around the world. Adventure tourism can be defined as traveling to remote and exotic areas and taking part in outdoor activities. Since it is an important part of the tourism sector and is a major revenue earner, nations around the world are paying more attention to adventure tourism. To access the adventure tourism competitiveness of nations, the Adventure Travel Trade Association and The George Washington University regularly publish the Adventure Tourism Development Index. The index comprises 10 pillars which are government policies supporting sustainable development, safety, natural resources, health, adventure resources, entrepreneurship, humanitarian, infrastructure, cultural resources, and Adventure Image/Brand. Here the best performing nations have low scores while poor performers score high.

According to the Adventure Tourism Development Index published in 2016, Iceland was the best performing nation with a score of 12. Coming at the second spot was Germany, which scored 19. New Zealand also did remarkably well and was the third best performing nation with a score of 23. The other top performers, which had scores of less than 50 were Norway, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, Finland, Ireland, Japan, the United Kingdom, Israel and a few other nations. In fact, of the 23 nations that scored less than 50, 17 were European nations.

Nations where the score ranged between 50 and 150 were Spain, Bulgaria, Poland, South Korea, Greece, Jordan, Costa Rica, Turkey, Singapore, Bhutan, Qatar and other nations. The two Asian nations of China and India, which are home to numerous tourist destinations and adventure tourism attractions were not very favorably placed on the list. While China had a score of 199, India was placed much below with a score of 247.

Nations placed at the bottom and with scores of above 350 were Myanmar, Niger, Angola, Togo, Malaysia, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Haiti, etc. Meanwhile, the African nation of Somalia was placed right at the bottom with a score of 487.

To get a better understanding of how nations rank on the Adventure Tourism Development Index, refer to the table below.

Country ATDI Score
Iceland 12
Germany 19
New Zealand 23
Norway 25
Switzerland 26
Canada 30
Australia 33
Finland 33
Czech Republic 33
Austria 35
Denmark 35
Ireland 35
Japan 36
United Kingdom 38
Luxembourg 39
Belgium 41
Israel 41
Sweden 43
Estonia 43
Chile 45
Italy 47
Netherlands 47
France 48
Spain 51
United States 51
Slovak Republic 53
Malta 57
Slovenia 59
Cyprus 62
Bulgaria 64
Poland 64
Monaco 65
Portugal 66
Korea, Rep. 66
Greece 68
Liechtenstein 73
Romania 74
Andorra 80
Hungary 82
Jordan 91
Latvia 99
Costa Rica 100
Croatia 102
Lithuania 105
Uruguay 116
Turkey 117
Botswana 123
United Arab Emirates 127
Dominica 129
Armenia 133
Philippines 134
Kazakhstan 135
Barbados 137
Peru 137
Singapore 140
Qatar 143
Mauritius 144
Kyrgyz Republic 146
Bhutan 148
Mongolia 152
Georgia 153
Russian Federation 153
Rwanda 153
Thailand 155
Brazil 162
Belize 163
Saudi Arabia 168
Oman 169
Mexico 172
Panama 172
Bahrain 174
Serbia 174
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 180
Morocco 181
Ukraine 181
Azerbaijan 182
Kuwait 182
Montenegro 182
Bahamas, The 183
Brunei Darussalam 186
Zambia 186
Argentina 187
South Africa 188
Albania 189
Micronesia, Fed. Sts. 190
Namibia 193
Lebanon 195
China 199
Ghana 201
Tunisia 202
Cape Verde 204
Trinidad and Tobago 204
Nepal 209
Cuba 211
Egypt, Arab Rep. 211
Moldova 211
Seychelles 211
Colombia 212
Vietnam 215
Fiji 216
Belarus 220
Palau 220
Sri Lanka 223
Dominican Republic 224
St. Lucia 225
Samoa 226
El Salvador 230
Lao PDR 232
Senegal 232
Macedonia, FYR 233
Nicaragua 236
Ecuador 240
Uzbekistan 241
Guatemala 243
Kenya 244
Gabon 246
Ethiopia 247
India 247
Jamaica 253
Vanuatu 255
Bosnia and Herzegovina 256
Indonesia 258
Pakistan 264
Cambodia 266
St. Kitts and Nevis 268
Tajikistan 268
Suriname 271
Malawi 272
Bolivia 273
Maldives 276
San Marino 276
Algeria 281
Guyana 281
Iran, Islamic Rep. 281
Tanzania 282
Turkmenistan 292
Antigua and Barbuda 298
Swaziland 304
Kiribati 305
Yemen, Rep. 305
Zimbabwe 310
Gambia, The 312
Cote d’Ivoire 313
Marshall Islands 315
Madagascar 318
Benin 319
Sao Tome and Principe 324
Uganda 325
Comoros 326
Papua New Guinea 327
Bangladesh 328
Cameroon 334
Venezuela, RB 335
Mozambique 336
Solomon Islands 336
Grenada 343
Honduras 347
Burkina Faso 349
Mali 351
Myanmar 351
Paraguay 352
Korea, Dem. Rep. 355
Lesotho 357
Burundi 361
Tonga 361
Sierra Leone 362
Timor-Leste 370
Niger 371
Libya 372
Mauritania 377
Djibouti 378
Syrian Arab Republic 379
Togo 381
Guinea-Bissau 388
Guinea 391
Malaysia 397
Equatorial Guinea 398
Liberia 401
Angola 404
Congo, Rep. 420
West Bank and Gaza 421
Haiti 422
Central African Republic 425
Nigeria 426
Eritrea 430
Congo, Dem. Rep. 447
Chad 452
Afghanistan 454
Sudan 460
Iraq 465
Somalia 487

(Data sourced from Adventure Travel Trade Association)

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