Investment: the list of destinations with the most potential

19 January 2018

Where is it worth investing in tourism? Foreign Direct Investment Intelligence (FDI), a service belonging to the Financial Times, has established its first ranking of the most attractive destinations for investors.

Thailand, eldorado investors? The destination occupies in any case the first place in the ranking established by Foreign Direct Investment Intelligence, which draws for the first time the list of the most attractive countries in terms of tourism investments. Among other favorable indicators of international tourist arrivals, which jumped an average of 11.7% each year between 2011 and 2015, many hotel establishments, and a job creation rate related to tourism investments that has increased by 200% , Thailand is popular. The authorities estimate that in 2030, the country should 60 million tourists, against 32 million currently.

Then come the Maldives. The archipelago, which had two resorts in 1972, is now home to a hundred, and plans to develop a hundred more, reports the study, which also indicates that 50% of companies established in the Maldives belong to the sector, the largest concentration of tourism companies from this list. 40% of GDP comes from this sector.

Hong Kong ranks third and is also very attractive to tourism companies, Foreign Direct Investment Intelligence analysis. "Located just south of China, the city-state benefits from very favorable regulations for companies: it only takes a day and a half to launch its activity," says the study, which emphasizes in particular that Norwegian Cruise Holdings, based in the United States, has invested twice in the city-state in just over a year. First by creating a sales office and then establishing a customer relationship platform to support regional business. For its part, Cambodia-based Song Saa Hotels and Resorts established its global headquarters in the city in early 2015, saying it made the choice because of the proximity of the Chinese market. Greece ranks fourth, followed by Montenegro. In the tourist boom, Croatia is 7th, and it is Belize that closes the march of this top 20. France, it is not there.

FDI Intelligence relied on its tools fDi Benchmark and fDi Markets to collect data on 43 destinations. The study only includes countries for which tourism accounts for more than 10% of GDP and / or for which more than 10% of investment is captured by the tourism sector.

Top 20 most attractive cities for tourism investments:

  1. Thailand


    Hong Kong



    Dominican Republic




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