According to a report by the World Tourism Organization, France received more visitors in 2016 than any other country in the world. More than 82.6 million visitors came to France to see such world-famous attractions as the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Versailles and the Arc de Triomphe. Many of these important attractions are located in the capital of France, Paris, which is also among the largest European cities by population.
After France, the United States is the number two place for the world’s most visited countries. The U.S. welcomed about 75.6 million visitors to the country in 2016. Visitors come to the United States to see sights such as New York, Yellowstone National Park, Niagara Falls, and the Grand Canyon.
10. Malaysia-26.8 million visitors
Malaysia is a country in Southeast Asia. From the urban energy of Kuala Lumpur to pristine natural rainforests and beaches, Malaysia offers unique experiences and traveler captures. Since launching a massive tourism campaign in the late 1990s, the tourism industry has grown steadily in the country.
9. Thailand-32.6 million visitors
With its sunny sandy beaches, tropical islands, rich flora and fauna, archaeological sites, temples and monasteries, Thailand is a global tourist attraction. The country’s vibrant and vibrant festivals, vibrant nightlife, world-class shopping and delicious Thai cuisine are all major tourist attractions in the country. It is estimated that revenues generated directly and indirectly by tourism represent nearly 20.2% of the country’s national GDP. It is also assumed that Thailand will receive about 100 million visitors by 2032.
8. Mexico-35 million visitors
Mexico, a large country in North America, is known for its pristine beaches and world-class resorts. In recent decades, the tourism sector in the country has experienced a whirlwind of substantial growth. With its wealth of culture and UNESCO World Heritage sites, it’s no wonder travelers love Mexico. The vast majority of visitors come from its neighbors to the north, Canada and the United States, although an increasing number of travelers from Europe and Asia are also visiting the country.
7. Germany-35.6 million visitors
Germany receives a huge number of tourists from all over the world, and also from within. The tourism sector in Germany contributes an estimated 4.5% to national GDP and 2 million job opportunities are created based on travel and tourism – related job requirements. Berlin, Munich and Hamburg are among the most visited cities in the country. Visits to the country for educational and business purposes are also quite common. Several protected areas in Germany, such as the Saxon Switzerland National Park, The Lagoon National Park of Western Pomerania and the Jasmund National Park, also attract millions of tourists every year.
6. United Kingdom-35.8 million visitors
With a long and interesting history, as well as a rich culture and well-developed tourist facilities and infrastructure, the United Kingdom is the number 6th most visited country in the world. Tourists in the UK can generate an income of around $ 17.2 billion USD for the country. The majority of visitors come from other parts of Europe, while tourists from the United States and Canada make up the second largest group of foreign visitors to the country. The domestic tourism sector in the country is also flourishing. London is the most visited city in the UK and the Tower of London is the most popular attraction in the whole country.
5. Italy-52.4 million visitors
For many, Italy is one of the dream destinations of their lives. With 50 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, numerous cultural objects, buildings and archaeological sites from the Roman Empire and the Renaissance, along with the picturesque mountain villages and towns in the north of the country and fascinating Mediterranean coasts in the south, Italy is rightfully the 5th most visited country in the world. Some of the most visited cities are Rome, Venice, Florence and Milan, each with their unique attractions, history, culture and cuisine. Italy is consistently among the world’s most visited countries.
4. China-59.3 million visitors
The land of the Great Wall of China, the five sacred mountains, the Shaolin Temple, the Huangguoshu waterfall, the Forbidden City, The Three Gorges and other naturally culturally and historically important sites, China is indeed one of the most coveted tourist destinations in the world. The country received 55.6 million foreign visitors in 2014 and benefited from an exchange rate income of $ 45.8 USD in 2010. China’s tourist numbers are expected to increase rapidly in the coming years, with the World Trade Organization (WTO) estimating that by 2020 the country will be number one in the global tourism sector.
3. Spain-75.6 million visitors
Tourism is an important sector in Spain, contributing almost 11% to the country’s national GDP. The majority of visitors to Spain come from European countries, such as the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Germany. Between the country’s historic cities and towns such as Barcelona and Madrid, the world-class resorts on the country’s Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts, the popular festivals such as the carnival and the running of the Bulls, 15 national parks, well-developed winter tourist facilities and a vibrant nightlife, Spain is a hotspot of tourist attractions. 13 Spanish cities are also considered UNESCO World Heritage sites and attract foreign visitors with their unique charm and significance.
2. United States-75.6 million visitors
The United States is a huge country that offers a huge number of attractions to world travelers. Many of the American cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas flourish with tourists all year round. Major natural attractions in the country include the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, the subarctic wonders of the Alaska, Hawaiian beaches and more. In the 29 states of the country, the tourism sector is among the first three industries that provide as much employment as possible. USA receives the largest number of foreign tourists from Mexico, Canada and the United Kingdom and the domestic tourism industry is also very active.
1. France-82.6 million visitors
France is the world leader in tourism. France is home to a variety of attractions, such as cities of cultural interest such as Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg, the mountains of the Alps, ski resorts, beaches, picturesque French villages, spectacular gardens and parks, and more. The country is home to as many as 37 UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are well recognized worldwide for their extraordinary universal value. In France, 9.7% of GDP is contributed by the travel and tourism sector. 30% of the revenue generated by tourism is obtained from foreign tourists, while the remaining 70% is derived from domestic tourism. Just as France is the most visited country in the world, the capital of Paris is the most visited city in the world.
1 France 82.6
2 United States 75.6
3 Spain 75.6
4 China 59.3
5 Italy 52.4
6 United Kingdom 35.8
7 Germany 35.6
8 Mexico 35
9 Thailand 32.6
10 Malaysia 26.8