Top 10 most visited countries in the world

France is the most visited country in the world. Close to 90 million foreign tourists visited France in the year 2019. France received approximately 6 million more tourists than the second most visited country. Here is a top 10 list of most visited countries in the world.

Top 10 most visited countries in the world

  1. France
  2. Spain
  3. USA
  4. China
  5. Italy
  6. Turkey
  7. Mexico
  8. Thailand
  9. Germany
  10. United Kingdom

1. France

A picture of Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

France has been the most visited country in the world for decades now. Around 90 million tourists visited France in the year 2019. With 49 world heritage sites, there is a lot to see and explore in France. Some top-rated destinations are the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and Palace of Versailles.

ContinentInternational tourist arrivals (2019)Number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Europe90 million49

2. Spain

A view of Barcelona, Spain
Barcelone, Spain

Tourism contributes a lot to Spain’s economy. It is the second most visited country in the world with about 84 million international tourist arrivals in the year 2019. Most international tourists in Spain come from UK, Germany, and France. Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville are the most popular cities where tourists travel to in Spain.

ContinentInternational tourist arrivals (2019)Number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Europe84 million49

3. USA

USA sits at number 3 spot in the top 10 most visited countries in the world
New York City

Along with being the third largest country by area and the world’s largest economy, USA is the third most visited country in the world. Around 79 million international tourists visited the USA in 2019. Most visited cities in America include New York, Miami, and Los Angeles.

ContinentInternational tourist arrivals (2019)Number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
North America79 million24

4. China

The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China

China is the most visited country in Asia and the fourth most visited country in the world. A total of 66 million tourists visited China in 2019. Some famous tourist destinations in China are the Great Wall of China, the Terracotta army, and Summer Palace.

ContinentInternational tourist arrivals (2019)Number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Asia66 million56

5. Italy

Italy, the fifth most visited country in the World
Venice, Italy

The country of Italy has 58 UNESCO world heritage sites which is a large number for a country of its size. Italy is a destination for all types of travelers. Whether you are a fan of art, architecture, or nature, Italy will not disappoint you. Around 65 million people visited Italy in 2019 making it the fifth most visited country in the world.

ContinentInternational tourist arrivals (2019)Number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Europe6558

6. Turkey

A beach in Turkey
A beach in Turkey

This transcontinental country hosted 51 million tourists in 2019. Turkey is mostly famous for its beaches and historical sites. Some famous destinations are Istanbul, Antalya, Fethiye, etc.

ContinentInternational tourist arrivals (2019)Number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Asia and Europe51 million19

7. Mexico

A Maya pyramid in Mexico

With the help of 35 UNESCO World heritage sites, Mexico attracts a large number of foreign tourists. Mexico constantly ranks in the top 10 most visited countries. From great beaches to cultural and archaeological sites, Mexico provides tourists with soo many flavors. Almost 45 million people enjoyed Mexico in the year 2019.

ContinentInternational tourist arrivals (2019)Number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
North America45 million35

8. Thailand

A temple in Thailand, the eighth most visited country in the World

Beating Germany for the eighth spot on this list, Thailand hosted around 200,000 more tourists in the year 2019 than Germany. A major emphasis is laid by the Thai government on promoting tourism as it is a major contributor to Thailand’s economy. Some famous destinations in Thailand are Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiang Mai.

ContinentInternational tourist arrivals (2019)Number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Asia39.8 million6

9. Germany

You always Expect Germany to be in the top 10 most visited countries in the world. In 2019, Germany hosted 39.6 million tourists from around the world. To help tourism, there are 51 UNESCO world heritage sites in Germany.

ContinentInternational tourist arrivals (2019)Number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Europe39.6 million51

10. United Kingdom

London, UK

The United Kingdom as a whole is the tenth most visited destination in the world. London, the capital of England, and Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland are the topmost destination in the UK. The majority of tourists in the UK come from either USA or other European Countries.

ContinentInternational tourist arrivals (2019)Number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Europe39.4 million33

World tourism took a major hit in the years 2020 and 2021. It may take many years till things become normalized. The article will be updated when world tourism starts operating at its full potential.

Country/RegionInternational Tourist Arrivals (million) (2019)Number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
1France90 49
2Spain8449
3USA7924
4China6656
5Italy6558
6Turkey5119
7Mexico4535
8Thailand39.86
9Germany39.651
10United Kingdom39.433

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Disclaimer: The stats may change with time.

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