Baltics less welcoming to tourists, shows report

  • 2013-12-05
  • From wire reports, RIGA

Latvia and Lithuania are among countries who are less welcoming to foreigners , research show.

Estonia meanwhile is more opened minded to foreigners. The statistics compiled by the World Economic Forum earlier this year are based on research done in 140 countries during 2011-2012, reports The Washington Post.

Residents were asked  "How welcome are foreign visitors in your country?. The WEF explains that the survey results are meant to help "measure the extent to which a country and society are open to tourism and foreign visitors."

Research shows the top three most welcoming countries for foreigners are Iceland, New Zealand and Morocco. 

The three countries least welcoming to foreigners are, in order: Bolivia, Venezuela and Russia. Other poorly ranked countries include Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia. Eastern Europe and two East Asian states have also been ranked at the bottom. 

The WEF report can be read here

What do you think? Do you agree that Latvia and Lithuania are less welcoming to foreigners?