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Friendliest and most unfriendly countries for tourists

Tourists stroll through Casablanca, Morocco's Habous district that

Tourists stroll through Casablanca, Morocco's Habous district that was built by the French in the 1920s. (Oct. 7, 2012) Credit: AP

It might be time to rethink that stereotype of the French being grumpy to tourists. A new report from the World Economic Forum ranks Bolivia as the least friendly country for travelers, at least in terms local attitudes toward visitors.

In the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013, the landlocked South American country gets the cranky honor just above Venezuela and Russia.

The 517-page report looks at the tourism industries of 140 countries in the context of economic growth and job creation. Within the analysis of the competitiveness of the various countries is a grading system for how locals feel about tourists. The seven-point scale puts Iceland as the friendliest, with a 6.8, followed by New Zealand and Morocco.

Here are Top 10 lists for how the locals view tourists. Click here to see the full report: ( )


1. Iceland
2. New Zealand
?3. Morocco
?4. Macedonia
5. Austria
?6. Senegal
7. Portugal
8. Bosnia and Herzegovina
?9. Ireland
10. Burkina Faso

Most unfriendly

1. Bolivia
?2. Venezuela
3. Russia
4. Kuwait
?5. Latvia
?6. Iran
7. Pakistan
?8. Slovakia
9. Bulgaria
10. Mongolia

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