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Top 10 Tourist Destinations in the World

by Vishul Malik

The top 10 tourist destinations in the world, based on the number of international visitor arrivals, are: France – 89.4 million visitors Spain – 83.7 million visitors United States –…

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The top 10 tourist destinations in the world, based on the number of international visitor arrivals, are:

  • France – 89.4 million visitors
  • Spain – 83.7 million visitors
  • United States – 79.3 million visitors
  • China – 65.7 million visitors
  • Italy – 64.5 million visitors
  • Turkey – 45.8 million visitors
  • Mexico – 41.4 million visitors
  • Germany – 39.6 million visitors
  • Thailand – 38.2 million visitors
  • United Kingdom – 36.3 million visitors

#1   FRANCE France is the most visited country by tourists as the countryis rich in culture and has some of the finest places to see. Villas in France, the French wine and weather make a fantastic reason to see the country. #2   USA USA is a top destination for tourists. Holidays in USA are an experience in diversity as the country is diverse in its weather conditions, the composition of the population and the topography. This diversity has led to people defining USA in their own terms and one can see the states of USA having a distinct identity of their own. #3   SPAIN Spain is the third most visited country in the world with more than 60 million tourists visiting it annually. A tour of Spain would include a visit to its famous cities Barcelona and Madrid. Apart from sampling some ethnic Spanish food and wine one can see some of the most beautiful architectural designs on the buildings of Spain. #4   CHINA China has grown as a top tourist spot as the people of the country and their unique culture attract people from far and wide. The impressive Great Wall of China and the tasty food of the country make every China holiday well worth the time. #5   ITALY Italy an important tourist destination in Europe is a favorite with honeymooners and all romantic souls. Vacations to Italy are an invitation to spend ones time indulging in the senses be it eating delicious Italian pasta or drinking some of the best Italian wine, seeing Italian art or simply breathing in the scented air of the country.

International Tourist Arrivals

Destination Country
International Visitors 2015
(in Million)
Famous Tourist Spots
1 France 84.5 Eiffel Tower Paris
St. Tropez French Riviera
Palace of Versailles Versailles
Mont Saint-Michel Normandy
Palais des Papes Avignon
Chartres Cathedral Chartres
Le Puy du Fou Les Epesses
2 United States 77.5 Times Square New York,New York
Central Park New York,New York
Yellowstone Wyoming
Las Vegas Strip Las Vegas, Nevada
Grand Central Terminal New York,New York
Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Orlando, Florida
Niagara Falls Between New York and Ontario
White House Washington DC
Golden Gate Bridge Between San Francisco and Marin
3 Spain 68.2 Real Palacio Madrid
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba Cordoba
Plaza de Espana Seville
Prado National Museum Madrid
The Alhambra Granada
Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro) Madrid
Casa Batllo Barcelona
4 China 56.9 The Great Wall of China Beijing
Terracotta Army China
Forbidden City Beijing Shi, China
The Bund Shanghai
The Li River in Guilin China
The Yellow Mountains Huangshan
Victoria Harbor Hong Kong
Giant Pandas Chengdu
The Potala Palace Lhasa
5 Italy 50.7 Colosseum Rome
Walkabout Florence Tours Florence
Roman Colosseum Rome
Leaning Tower of Pisa Pisa
Capri Island Italy
Duomo di Milano Milan
Pantheon Rome
St. Peter’s Basilica Vatican City
Canal Grande Venice
RomeInLimo Tours & Excursions Rome
6 Turkey 39.5 Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) Istanbul
Goreme Turkey
Ancient City of Ephesus Selcuk, Izmir Province, Turkey
Hippodrome of Constantinople Istanbul
Cappadocia Central Anatolia
Hierapolis (Sacred City) Pamukkale,Denizli Province,Turkey
Istanbul (Blue Mosque , Basilica Cistern , Topkapi Palace etc.) Turkey
Sumela Monastery Macka, Trabzon
Bosphorus Strait Narrows in Turkey
7 Germany 35 Hamburger Dom Hamburg, Germany
Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg
Europa-Park Rust
Cologne Cathedral (Dom) Cologne
The Berlin Wall Berlin, Germany
Reichstag Building Berlin
Mercedes-Benz Museum Stuttgart
English Garden Munich
Hamburg City Hall Hamburg, Germany
Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) Berlin
Marienplatz Munich
Neuschwanstein Palace Schwangau, Germany
8 United Kingdom 34.4 Tower of London London, England
Stonehenge Wiltshire, England
British Museum London, England
Lake District United Kingdom
River Thames United Kingdom
Windsor Castle Windsor, England
The Isle of Skye Scotland
Buckingham Palace London, England
9 Mexico 32.1 National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia Mexico City
Chichen Itza Chichen Itza
Holkham Bay Norfolk
Xplor Park Playa del Carmen
Zona Arqueologica Teotihuacan San Juan Teotihuacan
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas (Lands End) Cabo San Lucas
Palacio de Bellas Artes Mexico City
Xcaret Eco Theme Park Playa del Carmen
Palenque ruinas Palenque
Chapultepec Castle Mexico City
10 Russian Federation 31.3 Saint Basil’s Cathedral Moscow, Russia
Hermitage Museum Saint Petersburg, Russia
Moscow Kremlin Moscow, Russia
Suzdal Vladimir Oblast, Russia
Lake Baikal Siberia, Russia
St Sophia Cathedral, Novgorod Veliky Novgorod, Russia
Kizhi Island Russia
Valley of Geysers Kamchatka Krai, Russia

Source : http://www.e-unwto.org/doi/pdf/10.18111/9789284418145

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