Humans have been on the move for thousands of years – and in no time in history has it been easier to travel than today. Tourism is forming an increasing part of the global economy, even making up 9% of GDP and employing 1/11 people globally. Now more than ever, people are travelling to more countries, more often. And it shows no sign of stopping any time soon. Travelling to foreign countries is now more affordable than ever, so what are you waiting for!
Most famous for its cuisine, fashion, culture and language, France is in the top 10 leading countries in the world in the field of tourism. While Paris has a lot to offer travellers (and should certainly be visited at least once in your life), there’s so much to see beyond the capital. With over 83 million tourists each year, this beautiful country hosts many tourist resorts. From Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg and picturesque French villages to the beautiful Alps, ski resorts and beaches.
2. United States of America
The USA has so much to offer and with very different experiences in each state, the opportunities are endless. The US is abundant with tourists all year round. It is believed that 67 million tourists are entering the United States each year, and with cities like New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, it is not at all surprising at all. Moreover, the numerous natural attractions in the country, including the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, Hawaiian beaches and much more, are just part of what America offers.
Spain is another country that you could travel throughout far and wide, and still never feel as if you have seen it all. Barcelona is a traveller’s favourite, but there are many lesser known towns, villages and small cities flying under the radar… Tourism is considered one of the main industries in Spain. This incredible country attracts more than 57.7 million foreign visitors each year with its unique charm and importance. Historic cities, such as Barcelona and Madrid, world-class hotels on the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts of the country, and much more, attract people from around the world.
The East has really opened its’ doors to tourism in recent years – though it still isn’t the easiest of entry procedures. If you have the patience to obtain a visa and the many other ways patience is required when visiting China, then you’re in for a real treat. Hong Kong and Macau also fare well with international visitors, and are a great little add-on to your Eastern adventure. The land of the Chinese Wall, the Shaolin Temple and the Forbidden City, along with numerous natural treasures, cultural and historical landmarks, is one of the most visited tourist destinations.
You could spend a life time discovering Italy, and still have a lifetime left to discover. There’s so much history, culture, liveliness, food – oh the food, coastal scenery, summer beaches… the list is endless. Every year, Italy attracts about 46.4 million tourists who visit this magical country to visit Rome, Venice, Florence, Milan and other beautiful cities, as well as the perfect Italian villagers, to eat fantastic food and drink great wine. Italy is one of the destinations of dreams and there are many good reasons for it.
Turkey has so much to offer visitors – especially if you make it out of tourist-heavy Istanbul. Turkey’s Istanbul – the city straddles two continents and is the largest urban area in Europe and the Middle East with over 14.4 million residents. Though over 10 million tourists visited this crossroads-of-the-world, the rest of the country drew in at least another 30 million thanks to its myriad of World Heritage Sites such as Cappadocia and Troy and its two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Deutschland! Truly in every sense of the phrase, Germany has a lot to offer visitors. From the cosmopolitan and quirky capital of Berlin, through to the more refined and sophisticated Munich and surrounds in the South. There are enough small German towns to keep you entertained for weeks if not months, and each and every nook of the country feels different to the next. Come during the festive season to experience the famous Christmas Markets in Nuremberg – you won’t regret it!
It is estimated that the tourism branch in Germany will contribute 4.5% of GDP thanks to the large number of tourists coming from different parts of the world.
8. United Kingdom
Well it comes as no surprise to see the United Kingdom in the top 10, especially given London is the world’s most visited city. Rich and long history and culture with well-developed tourist capacity, the UK is ranked on the list of the most visited countries in the world, and the most famous attraction is Big Ben.
Head to the East of Europe and you won’t regret it. While the West of Europe if your more typical European getaway, the East has plenty to offer tourists by way of history, culture, and phenomenal architecture. If you’re off to Russia for your first time, be sure to visit both the capital, Moscow and the former capital, St Petersburg, as both have much to offer visitors. Russia’s largest countrywide land area, covering more than one-eighth on the Earth, attracts some 25.7 million tourists annually. Despite the enormous size of the country, however, people from all over the world visit the beautiful country.
What has Thailand got to offer visitors? Only the most delightfully happy natives you’ll find around the world, fantastic Thai food, cheap accommodation, food, shopping, everything! And then there’s that small fact that it is home to some of the most gorgeous beaches, islands, and some fantastic world-class resorts. Thailand is one of the most popular destinations in the world, attracting more than 30 million tourists every year that you must not miss. Exquisite cuisine, exotic beaches, idyllic islands and incredible national parks with stunning rainforests are on the list of Thailand’s offer.