Cox’s Bazaar. Photo: Sikder Ahmed

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Cox’s Bazaar. Photo: Sikder Ahmed

Bangladesh is among the 10 Asia-Pacific destinations best positioned for tourism recovery, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Travel-ready 2022 index.

The index measures 28 Asian economies based on the favorableness of tourism conditions such as local vaccination coverage, ease of travel and convenience of returning home. A lower score indicates more favorable conditions for the resumption of tourism.

Fiji, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and the Maldives are the index’s top destinations for reviving their respective tourism industries wrecked by the pandemic, while Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Nepal and the Cambodia complete the top ten.

Bangladesh is seventh on the list and has a final score of 2.85 out of 10 in the index, putting it behind Fuji (1.95), Sri Lanka (2.15), Malaysia (2.15), Maldives ( 2.2), Singapore (2.45) and Australia (2.55).

According to the EIU, the index’s top performers have all eased visa and entry restrictions since 2021 or earlier.

The EIU said in a report published on April 21 that “the combination of wider and more effective vaccination coverage and a greater reliance on tourism has lent itself to less restrictive travel policies.”

According to the report, Hong Kong, on the other hand, has the worst outlook due to its restrictive border policies.

After Hong Kong, Brunei, Bhutan, Taiwan, Samoa, Vanuatu, Japan, China and Laos are the countries with the least favorable conditions for tourism recovery, according to the index.

Economies in Northeast Asia, which are less dependent on tourism, have taken longer to reopen, according to the report, which predicts that China and its territories of Hong Kong and Macau will maintain strict “zero momentum” policies. Covid” at least until 2022.

Thailand, India, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Mongolia and South Korea were all ranked in the middle of the table in terms of tourism recovery.