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The US isn't in the top 5 tourist destinations anymore. That's before the travel ban.

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The U.S. slipped two ranks in the World Economic Forum's Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report released Thursday, dropping to the sixth-ranked tourist destination worldwide.

The United Kingdom and Japan jumped ahead of the U.S., which was ranked 4th in 2015. Japan had a big upswing, gaining five spots on the rest of the world. 

The U.S. earned high marks for air travel, tourist infrastructure and access to natural resources, but slipped in the rankings of appeal of natural resources and security concerns.

Here's the top 10. The top three didn't change since the last report.


  1. Spain
  2. France
  3. Germany
  4. Japan
  5. United Kingdom
  6. United States
  7. Australia
  8. Italy
  9. Canada
  10. Switzerland
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In this Feb. 8, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump speaks to the Major County Sheriffs' Association and Major Cities Chiefs Association, in Washington.Trump says it doesn’t take a lawyer to see that his order banning visitors from seven Muslim-majority nations is a “common sense” move to protect the U.S. from terrorists. He says even a bad high school student could figure that out. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The report's data was gathered before President Trump was elected. His controversial travel ban, even though it has largely been suspended in courts, could cost the U.S. $18 billion in international tourism, USA Today reports.

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Women in traditional attire perform Japanese traditional dance during Sumida Park Cherry Blossom Festival in Tokyo Sunday, April 2, 2017. Japan's Meteorological Agency on Sunday announced the cherry blossom trees in Tokyo had reached their peak bloom of the season. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda)

Asian countries saw widespread improvement, with Japan rising five slots, China rising two and India rising 12. Tiffany Misrahi of the World Economic Forum described this as a sign of the "Asian Tourism Century."

Here's how the U.S. rank broke down by the WEF's subcategories.

  • Business-friendly environment (16)
  • Air travel (2)
  • Tourist service infrastructure (3)
  • Access to cultural resources (13)
  • Environmental sustainability (115)
  • Security concerns (84)

The report advised the U.S. to "[invest] in more modern ground infrastructure and [improve] environmental protection."

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