Named the most popular countries among tourists

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) published the data on tourist activity for the last year.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), a United Nations specialized agency, is the leading international organization with the decisive and central role in promoting the development of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. It serves as a global forum for tourism policy issues and a practical source of tourism know-how. Its membership includes 158 countries, 6 territories, 2 permanent observers and over 500 Affiliate Members.


In the first place France – in 2017 it was visited by 86.7 million people. The top three also included Spain (81.8 million) and the United States (75.9 million). Spain, which came in second place, had revenue of $ 68 billion / € 58 billion.

TOP-10 most visited by tourists countries:

France – 86.9 million (+ 5.1%)
Spain – 81.8 million (+ 8.6%)
The United States – 75.9 million (-3.8%)
China – 60.7 million (+ 2.5%)
Italy – 58.3 million (+ 11.2%)
Mexico – 39.3 million (+ 12%)
The UK – 37.7 million (+ 5.1%)
Turkey – 37.6 million (+ 24.1%)
Germany – 37.5 million (+ 5.2%)
Thailand – 35.4 million (+ 8.6%)

Spain climbed from 3rd to 2nd place in arrivals and held on to 2nd position in receipts to become the world’s second largest destination by both international tourist arrivals and receipts.

The information was taken from the World Tourist Annual Report.


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