Most Visited Countries Around the World
Every person who is interested in traveling must have, at least once, wondered about World's Most Visited Countries. Every year, the UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization) compiles a list of World Tourism Rankings as part of their World Tourism Barometer publication. Here's a short description of some of these most visited countries around the World.
United Kingdom (36 million visitors) No 10
Great Britain is not 1 country; it is 4 countries in 1 - England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Each of these countries has a distinct feel with different things to see and do. They also have varied landscapes and regional cultures. Visit these unique lands and sample their dynamic towns and gripping history, passionate people and quiet corners.
London is the multi-cultural centre of this nation. The immigrant communities of the city bring an amazing twist to the traditional tourist attractions like the Tower of London and Big Ben. Gazing at the picturesque landscape of Scotland, enjoying the holiday cottages in the Welsh Valleys, visiting the stunning beaches on the East Coast make a visit to this country an exciting experience.
Thailand (38 million visitors) No 9
Thailand is known all over the world as a great tourist destination. Not only is this country full of amazing and diverse tourism sites, there is such an enormous variety of tour packages to Thailand that holidays to Thailand can be both affordable and unforgettable.
Packages are available to suit every budget, and there are so many site destinations, accommodations, and dining choices that everyone is sure to enjoy their Thai vacation. Honeymoons, scuba diving holidays, walking/hiking holidays, cycling holidays, wildlife tours, family tours, cultural tours, or beach holidays are just some of the many ways to enjoy the great natural beauty and cultural riches that Thailand has to offer.
Holidays to Thailand are a delight to the senses and rich in cultural experiences as well. Thailand is blessed with four major natural terrains: Northern Thailand's forests and mountains; Northeast Thailand's steppe farmlands; Thailand's Central Plains with their vast rice fields; and Thailand's southern peninsula's tropical islands.
Germany (39 million visitors) No 8
Germany is one of the most beautiful and most visited countries in the world. It is filled with amazing places like the stunning Rhineland castles and Berlin's German Reichstag with its modern glass dome. The stunning natural attractions of the Black Forest and the mighty rivers are a charm for outdoor lovers.
Around 2000 years of history left its lasting traces in Germany. It stands as the eloquent yet silent witness to the wonders of nature and mankind's achievements. On the UNESCO World Heritage list, there are no less than 38 places from this country. These listed places range from exceptional natural landscapes to historical cathedrals and buildings of the industry and sometimes even whole towns!
Mexico (41 million visitors) No 7
Mexico travel is one of those things that a good many people only dream about. Long thought to be one of the most beautiful places on the planet, Mexico is a shining star among those that travel the world. There is little that can be more exotic than Mexico travel and all that comes with it. The night is alive with fun and excitement in Mexico and the days are full of sun and fun with the many destinations that are available to those that wish to take part in some Mexico travel. Who could want for more when they see the overall excitement of the country that is Mexico and all that you can do in a short period of time.
Turkey (46 million visitors) No 6
The only city in the world that is situated in two continents - Istanbul. It is Turkey's largest city, and as capital of the bygone Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, it has a number of major attractions. These include the Hagia Sophia, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (the 'Blue Mosque'), the Topkapi Palace, the Dolmabahçe Palace, the Basilica Cistern, the Galata Tower, the Grand Bazaar, the Pera Palace Hotel and the Spice Bazaar. Istanbul has also become one of the largest shopping centers of the European region by hosting shopping centers and malls, like Akmerkez, Metrocity and Cevahir Mall - the seventh largest shopping center in the world and the biggest mall in Europe.
There are other famous places to visit in Turkey, such as the place where Saint Peter the Apostle preached to a congregation, the Grotto of St Peter in Antakya (Antioch) or one can try some rich Turkish coffee in the cozy cafes of Istanbul. With a great food culture, historical spots of the ancient world and gorgeous beaches, Turkey is a welcome destination for tourists.
The country, though largely famous for seaside resorts along its Aegean and Mediterranean Sea coasts and a variety of historical sites, in the recent years, Turkey became a popular destination for health care tourism, culture and spa.
Italy (62 million visitors) No 5
Italy is the centre of the Roman Empire and stands among the most visited countries in the world. People are drawn towards the wonderful Neapolitan Riviera and Sicily, the rural south of the country which offers a private and quiet getaway. Florence and Rome house various artistic treasures including those from Da Vinci and Botticelli in the north. From the sun-kissed beaches in the summers to the snow-capped slopes for the winter sports, Italy offers something for everyone. Italy is home to the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
China (63 million visitors) No 4
China is one of the top countries to visit, with the country leading the world in tourism and investment. With a history dating back to the 1st century, there is really nothing like walking along the Great Wall of China or traversing the futuristic streets of Shanghai. China also boasts of its awesome natural attractions and fascinating culture and festivals. It is definitely worth visiting China.
USA (80 million visitors) No 3
The United States has something to offer for everyone and it is the centre of the Western world. From the high-rise skyscrapers of New York City, the Broadway Shows to the warm nights of Los Angeles, crossing from west to east of the United States is like visiting another country. A road trip across the United States is enjoyed by millions of people. The country has several interesting things to do and see - from exploring the history of the nation in Boston to the vast wonderment of the Grand Canyon, from a beautiful beach on the Gulf of Mexico to a Florida theme park.
Spain (83 million visitors) No 2
Spain, with its fun nightlife, great beaches, historic sites and many cultural regions, makes the most happening destination for any kind of holiday. After Italy, it is the country with the 2nd highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A country of large cultural and geographic diversity, Spain is a surprise to people who are only aware of its reputation as a great beach holiday destination. There is everything from snowy mountains and lush meadows to huge deserts and marshes in the southeast. Due to the beaches, summer is the peak season in the country. So, visitors to Spain who wish to travel at leisure must consider the winter season as attractions like Cordoba's La Gran Mezquita and Granada's Alhambra will not be free of crowds.
France (89 million visitors) No 1
A country of fine wines, elegance and historical diversity, France is the most visited country in the World. Enjoy top-brand Parisian fashion, try the delectable wines of the vineyards, and embrace the French Riviera's sunshine paradise. Enjoy a calming cruise through the picturesque countryside, wander Province's lovely lavender fields and relax on the beaches of Brittany. Indeed France is a country that every person must visit at least once in a lifetime.
Here's the list of the most visited countries around the World, so, plan your next holiday to one of these countries and have a memorable stay!
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