Greece ranked 29th among a total of 139 countries with respect to the most attractive environment for development of the tourism sector, according to a survey released on Tuesday by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the tourism branch for 2011.

In the survey, conducted for the fourth consecutive year, the WEF grades 139 countries around the world on the basis of 60 indicators, including regulatory framework, security, health services, infrastructures, prices, culture, environmental protection and commuter transport.

The top ranking country was Switzerland, followed by Germany, France, Austria, Sweden, Britain, the US, Canada, Spain and Singapore in the top 10 positions.

Cyprus ranked 24th and Turkey 50th.

According to the report, the tourism sector globally was recovering slowly from the economic crisis, and was reservedly optimistic for the future, seeking new and innovative ideas for successful growth.