By Marina Aagaard, MFE
Would you guess at Andorra as number 1 destination?
And France out of Top 10, in at 42nd place?
No? Well, that’s the way it is.
If you count the number of tourists per inhabitants …
Travel enthusiasts have a general idea about how the world’s Top 10 destinations are roughly distributed – as seen in the media, on travel sites and thousands of travel blogs.
|#||COUNTRY||TURIST SEARCH (millions)|
|6||UK / England …||35.8|
|10 …||Turkey||– (39.5 – 2015)|
The distribution is understandable as the favorite destinations are among the world’s largest countries, which provide the possibility for many and diverse experiences in nature and cities (details under photo).
However, the list looks different, if you look at the number of tourists per capita – and it may inspire you to some new travel destinations (see list at the bottom).
The top 10 destinations I have already visited (Malaysia only airport, though) and I would like to return to all of them, because it’s hard to pick a favorite.
My current Top 3 would be Italy, the United States and Germany after England for many years has been my #1.
Have you visited one or more of them?
Please write your Top 3 in the Comments Box. –
Please write your Top 3 in the Comments Box. –
- France (82.6)
Paris, Nice, Strasbourg. The Alps with skiing in the winter and climbing and rafting in the summer, beaches, coastal landscapes, parks, castles. The country has 43 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Just as France is the most visited of the world’s countries, the capital of Paris is the most visited city in the world.
- USA (75.6)
New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas (photo above and below). Cultivates and national parks like the Grand Canyon (top photo), Yellowstone and Yosemite National Park as well as Alaskan wildlife and Hawaiian beaches attract globetrotters – and athletes and supermotionists – to. The United States has 23 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
- Spain (75.6)
Barcelona, Madrid, Seville. 13 Spanish cities are also considered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites out of a total of 46 in Spain. History and festivals. The Camino, one of the most important Christian pilgrimage routes. The resort towns on the coasts of the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts and 15 national parks.
- China (59.3)
Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong (a great place). The Forbidden City, the Great Wall and and the Three Canyons. Chinese Culture and Nature, 53 UNESCO World Heritage Sites (second largest number in the world) make China a favorite tourist destination. The number of tourist visits rises so much that travel experts estimate that China will be ranked number one worldwide in 2020.
- Italy (52,4)
Rome, Venice, Florence, Milan. History and culture in the top. 53 UNESCO World Heritage Sites (most in the world), several from the Roman Empire and the Renaissance era. The Alps in the north, summer and winter, and picturesque Mediterranean coasts in the south. And the Italian cuisine!
- UK, England (35.8)
London, Oxford, Cambridge. London is the most visited city in Britain and the 3rd most visited city in the world (2018). A long history as a colonial empire with a rich culture. There are 31 UNESCO World Heritage sites in the UK and its territories. The Tower of London, Stonehenge and the beautiful university towns attract especially European and American tourists.
- Germany (35.6)
Berlin, Munich, Hamburg. Among the most visited cities in the country, which houses countless castles and cultural treasures. There 43 UNESCO World Heritage Site in Germany. Known areas include Lower Saxony, with nine adventure cities including Hameln. Germany has several beautiful national parks, especially the Harz Mountains are popular – also for hiking and cycling.
- Mexico (35)
Mexico City, Belize, Cancon. Known for amazing Mayan temple pics as well as unspoiled beaches and world class resorts. Rich in history and culture, 34 UNESCO World Heritage sites, 27 culture, 6 nature and 1 mixed. There are most tourists from the US and Candada, but more and more from Europe and Asia visit the country – also as part of cruises.
- Thailand (32.6)
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket. Countless temples and monasteries. There are 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Thailand, known as a global holiday destination with sunny sandy beaches, tropical islands, rich wildlife, archaeological sites, an exotic nightlife. And a popular thai cuisine.
- Turkey (-) (39.5 2015)
Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya. Countless historic cities and memorials of ancient times, Troy and more. 16 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Beautiful mosques, exotic markets, unique scenery, including Pamukkale, and a number of popular beaches and resort towns. And Cappadocia (balloon speed).
The newspaper Telegraph investigated at which tourist destinations the number of tourists exceeds the number of locals.
An interesting angle that can provide novel travel inspiration.
- Andorra – 33.53057199 annual tourists per resident
- Macao – 24.78871897
- The British Virgin Islands – 12.81668161
- Turks and Caicos Islands – 10.42546376
- Aruba – 10.31870554
- Monaco – 8.719620471
- Northern Marines – 8.353005266
- Guam – 7.905347735
- Bahrain – 7.589107757
- Saint Maarten – 7.142857143
- Palau – 6,6622516556
- Cayman Islands – 6.386846099
- The US Virgin Islands – 5,812269488
- Malta – 3,991,88649
- Hong Kong – 3.801141574
- Bahamas – 3.67765496
- Bermuda – 3.433739557
- Iceland – 3.01671891
- Maldives – 2.945036575
- Austria – 2.937027237
- Curacao – 2.860035434
- Croatia – 2.751394043
- Antigua and Barbuda – 2.711886558
- Seychelles – 2.508073197
- San Marino – 2.35990057
- Estonia – 2.224088756
- Montenegro – 2.169064956
- Singapore – 2.143449993
- Cyprus – 2.094739552
- Greece – 2.035619507
- St. Kitts and Nevis – 2.033398114
- Ireland – 1.899065723
- Barbados – 1.833119293
- St. Lucia – 1.827036903
- Luxembourg – 1.822088345
- Denmark – 1.808843619
- Georgia – 1.499320468
- Liechtenstein – 1.438810583
- Spain – 1.400203011
- Qatar – 1.264228724
- Grenada – 1.254388018
- France – 1.253839619
- Hungary – 1.233152586
- Slovenia – 1.16825147
- Albania – 1.156388675
- Slovakia – 1.149510052
- Dominica – 1.114474408
- Switzerland – 1.105107581
- United Arab Emirates – 1.090973066
- Bulgaria – 1.018530115
- Czech Republic – 1.006234446
Telegraph: Countries where tourists outnumber locals
World Heritage Sites by country