As the world becomes way more connected via low cost air travel and increasing technology – including the rise of social media – the number of tourists whom are travelling the world is constantly on the rise. But which countries actually attract the most tourists?
Where exactly do people like to go to, and what are the most visited countries worldwide?
Our research below shows all the countries that attract the highest number of tourists a year, so either tag along with the crowds and start Chasing Destinations or skip them altogether in your search of something quieter.
10. Thailand – 35.4 million visitors a year
Sandy beaches and a wonderful cuisine. All the friendly locals ensure that Thailand is one of the most visited counties every single year.
They call Thailand the “Land of 1000 smiles” and an nonstop increasing amount of tourists seem to be happy coming here. All the various islands like Koh Samui are especially pretty and Instagram-worthy.
9. Germany – 37.5 million visitors a year
Located at the heart of Europe, Gernany is this economic powerhouse that offers almost everything to visitors from around the world. Varying from large modern cities to beautiful forests, medieval towns and modern industry, there are endless reasons to come visit Germany including the iconic capital of Germany, Berlin.
8. Turkey – 37.6 million visitors a year
Turkey is considered to be the crossroads between the East and West of Europe and never stops to attracts tourists to its sandy beaches, high mountains and large bustling cities.
Turkey is a simmering melting pot of culture and great foods that makes it a joy to visit.
7. United Kingdom – 37.7 million visitors a year
The United Kingdom always maintained a strong presence on the global stage with their main capital London being a driving force for continuous tourism growth. The British Royal family, great sports, unique culture, great museums and a rich and varied coastline which helps to attract more and more people from all over the world.
6. Mexico – 39.3 million visitors a year
Mexico offers you one of the nicest beaches in the world, the food is loved by many knowing how to have a good time. This puts Mexico in the top 10 of the most visited countries. Also helped by its overall affordability!
5. Italy – 58.3 million visitors a year
Let’s be honest now, what is not to love about Italy? The country with a great and famous history, food that is loved and eaten globally, coupled with passionate locals and scenery that takes your breath away. The list of reasons why you should visit Italy is endless and is self-explanatory if you ask us.
4. China – 60.7 million visitors a year
When you think of China, you are probably thinking of the biggest country in the world in terms of the Chinese being tourists themselves and visiting the world. But the truth is that inbound tourism to China is booming. China is one of the most visited countries and the economic powerhouse has numerous reasons for people to visit the country, including the culture and bustling modern cities.
3. USA – 76.9 million visitors a year
The United States of America is the ultimate country which offers everything that a tourist could ever wish for. With a total of 50 diverse states, you will find amazing scenery and nature alongside some of the best-known cities in the world.
2. Spain – 81.8 million visitors a year
The Spanish know how to live their life well and have always embraced the global tourism as a key part of their economy. Spain is best known for the sunny climate and wide beaches, but throw in great Spanish food at affordable prices and Spain becomes a dream destination for many.
1. France – 86.9 million visitors a year
France is by far the most visited country in the world, and it is not hard to see why. Arguably the best food in the world can be found in France, you can enjoy great skiing, pristine beaches and a classic way of living life well is what attracts over 86 million people per year from all over the world. Throw in the beautiful capital city Paris as the jewel in the crown and it is not hard to see why France sits on top of the list.