Top 10 most visited countries in the world, ranked

Can you guess which countries welcome the largest number of visitors each year? You may be surprised by the results!

Statistics from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) have revealed the most visited countries in the world. Have you been to any of them?

According to the report released by the UNWTO, the last decade has seen a growth of seven per cent in international tourist arrivals.

Thanks to the rise of the internet and social media platforms, where travel pictures are posted for all to see, wanderlust and the desire to travel has become even more widespread.

Today, we will be revealing the top ten countries for tourism right now.

10. United Kingdom – 36.3 million visitors

The United Kingdom is first on our list.
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First up on our list of the most visited countries in the world is the United Kingdom, boasting an impressive 36.3 million visitors in 2019.

Made up of four separate countries – England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland – that each hold their own unique charm, the United Kingdom is a great destination for every kind of traveller.

However, the most popular tourist destination in the United Kingdom, by far, is London. The capital city sees almost half of the United Kingdom’s total visitors looking to immerse themselves in this incredibly modern and simultaneously historic city.

9. Thailand – 38.2 million visitors

Thailand is one of the most visited countries in the world.
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As the popularity of travels through the beautiful countries of South-East Asia increase year after year (thanks to the rise of Instagram travel bloggers), tourism to Thailand soars alongside.

Boasting an immense 38.2 million visitors in 2019, Thailand is becoming well-known as one of the most popular countries for tourism for many reasons.

Whether you’d like to enjoy the idyllic Thai islands or get lost in the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, the generous exchange rate makes it a budget travel destination without skimping on the experience.

8. Germany – 38.8 million visitors

Germany welcomed 38.8 million visitors in 2019.
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A cultural hub that mixes traditional small towns with the modernity of Berlin and other big cities, Germany had an incredible 38.3 million visitors in 2019.

Whether you want to ski the slopes in the Alp, experience the Octoberfest in Munich, or learn about the country’s harrowing history, Germany is a must.

7. Mexico – 41.4 million visitors

One of the most visited countries in the world is Mexico.
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A popular holiday destination for those living across the Americas, Mexico comes in at number seven of the top countries for tourism.

With 41.4 million visitors in 2019, Mexico is well-known for its colourful and eclectic culture. Popular destinations include Cancún and the Mayan Riviera, Cabo San Lucas, and Mexico City.

6. Turkey – 45.7 million visitors

Turkey welcomed 45.7 million visitors in 2019.
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A fascinating country with an incredible history, Turkey boasted an impressive 45.7 million visitors in 2019.

From the incredible history and architecture of Istanbul to the caves of Cappadocia to the beaches of the glittering Meditteranean coast, there is always something new to discover in Turkey.

5. Italy – 62.1 million visitors

Italy is one of the most visited countries in the world.
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Coming in fifth on our list of the most visited countries in the world is Italy, with a phenomenal 62.1 million visitors.

Known for its art, architecture, history, and delicious food, an Italian holiday is sure to leave you feeling supremely cultured.

4. China – 62.9 million visitors

China welcomed 62.9 million visitors in 2019.
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China is not only the country with the largest population, but it is also one of the most popular countries for visitors.

Home to a historic and enigmatic culture that is blended with the most modern innovations known to man, China is a destination that should be on everyone’s bucket list.

3. United States – 79.6 million visitors

One of the most visited countries in the world is the U.S.A.
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It may come as no surprise that the United States is one of the most popular destinations for travellers. The States welcomed an astounding 79.6 million visitors in 2019.

With something for everyone, popular destinations include New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Orlando.

2. Spain – 82.7 million visitors

Spain had 82.7 million visitors in 2019.
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Known by many across Europe as the ultimate summer holiday destination. Therefore, it may come as no surprise that Spain is the second top country for tourism.

Immerse yourself in the culture of Spain’s cities, such as Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, and Valencia. Or escape to the sunny Spanish coast to popular tourist destinations, such as Benidorm, Palma de Mallorca, or Ibiza.

1. France – 89.4 million visitors

France tops our list of most visited countries in the world.
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France is known for its romantic atmosphere, idyllic countryside, prestigious seaside towns, and sparkling capital city. Thus, it is no surprise it tops our list of the most visited countries in the world.

The country is filled with history, delicious food, and fantastic art. According to UNWTO, France boasted an astounding 89.4 million visitors in 2019.

Siân McQuillan
Siân McQuillan is a writer and travel lover from County Down, Northern Ireland. While she enjoys travelling to other countries and exploring new places, she loves nothing more than discovering all the wonders her home country of Ireland has to offer. When not writing about her travel experiences, Siân can be found exploring the great outdoors and will more than likely be somewhere near the Mourne Mountains or the Causeway Coast.

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