Tourism is a huge industry world-wide. But which are the countries that receive the most international tourists per year? As of 2017 these were the statistics of the top ten most visited countries in the world by tourists.

1.       France

2.       Spain

3.       United States of America

4.       China

5.       Italy

6.       Mexico

7.       United Kingdom

8.       Turkey

9.       Germany

10.   Thailand

France had the highest of them all with a total 86.9 million international visitors in 2017, followed by Spain with a total of 81.8 million, United States of America with 76.9 million, China with 60.7 million, Italy with 58.3 million, Mexico with 39.3 million, United Kingdom with 37.7 million, Turkey with 37.6 million, Germany with 37.5 million, and the last one that was the 10th most visited place was Thailand with a total of 35.4 million international tourists.


But why are all these places so significant for tourist destinations and are on everyone’s bucket list? France has several places which are in great interest to tourists, for example buildings that have held value over history for including the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower,  and the Arc de Triomphe, as well as places of natural beauty including Alpine mountains, Ski resorts, and Beaches.


Spain has a major industry for Tourism in their country. With over 80 million international tourists coming their every year it contributes up to 11% of the national GDP of the country. Majority of the international tourists of Spain come from countries in Europe such as France, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom. Most of them spend their time on the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts of the country while touring the well-known historical cities such as Barcelona and Madrid.


The United States of America is the home of several well-known tourist attractions including the theme parks Disneyland, and Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Las Vegas which has a high volume of tourists all year round. United States of America is also known for its casinos and nightlife in Las Vegas. It also has natural attractions that are one of the many wonders of the world, such as the Grand Canyon, the beaches in Hawaii, Alaskan subarctic wonders and the Yellowstone National Park. With all these attractions the United States receives around 76.9 million international tourists per year, almost a quarter of their nation.


China has the 4th the greatest number of international visitors a year. China has around 60.7 million international tourists coming into their country each year. China has many things of interest to international tourists such as their Great Wall of China which is the longest wall ever built in history with a size of 21, 196 km in length, the Huangguoshu Waterfall, the Shaolin Temple and many other sights which make China a top tourist destination. Statistics gathered by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) estimates that by the year of 2020 China, will have the highest number of international tourists visiting their country per year. Book a Scenic Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour Now.


Italy has been ranked as number 5 for having the 5thmost amount of international tourists a year. It may not surprise many people that this country is in the top 5 most visited by international tourists. Not only does Italy produce the best coffees, pizza, wine and many other food and drink which Italy holds its heritage for. They also have historical buildings like The Colosseum, the Roman theatre which could hold up to 50,000 guests and was used in 80AD for the Gladiator battles and games. The Leaning Tower of Pisa. The 186-foot tower that was caused to lean when built in 1174 due to its sandy, feeble foundations, while this was all taking place the construction on this tower was brought to a halt and not finished until the year of 1360. Italy has over 58 million international tourists visiting the country every year.


Mexico is renowned for its beautiful beaches, resorts and their delicious Mexican food like Nachos, Tacos and Burritos. Mexico being in North America and being on the border of the United States which plays a big part in the number of international tourists it receives every year as the United States is the 3rd most visited country in the world for international tourists. Mexico has around 39.3 million international visitors that visit their country every year making it the 6th most visited countries world-wide.


Though the United Kingdom can have quite cold weather all-year round. It has some significant tourist attractions like The Tower of London and the Stonehenge. The Stonehenge is known as one of Europe’s most important prehistoric monuments. This tourist attraction is so popular that you need to purchase a ticket in advance to experience sightseeing at this location. The ticket consists of the exhibitions which involves a stage being set up and a guest speaker explains the history and meaning behind all these ancient objects. The Tower of London is a building that will secure its place in history for ever; it has been used as a palace, a prison, a treasure vault in its history. It was originally built by William the Conqueror in 1078. The Tower of London keeps the tourists busy for hours as it covers 18 acres of land.With just those two out of many attractions listed in the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has over 37 million international tourists’ visitors every year.


Turkey is the 8th most visited country by international tourists a year, with a record high of 37 and a half million. Turkey is best-known for its Mediterranean food, they have hotels that are inside caves, whilst staying there you can see hundreds of hot air balloons fly past you in the sky. They have a beautiful resort along the coast of Turkey called Ölüdeniz. What’s unique about this coast is when the coast is experiencing heavy storms the sea remains still and calm. This area of Turkey is renowned for having stable weather conditions. This being said there are a vast amount of paragliding opportunities where you can glide in the sky across the beautiful coastline.


International tourists that visit Germany play a big role in their economy. Germany receives about 37.5 million international tourists each year. The tourism industry in Germany has created over 2 million employment opportunities and contributes to Germany’s national GDP of four and a half percent. Some of Germany’s cities are in the list of the top 10 most visited cities in the entire world. Germany has a lot of unique tourist attractions, one example is an event called Oktoberfest which is a festival that gets run in Munich once a year over a period of 16 to 18 days. This event alone receives around 6 million visitors in attendance every year. Oktoberfest is a celebration of things in the German heritage, sausages, beer and other cultural related things. To attend this event you must book well in advance.


Lastly Thailand, not only is it the home of the popular sport Muay Thai. Thailand is best-known for all their tropical islands, temples, monasteries and beautiful wildlife creatures. Thailand is the 10th most visited country in the world for international tourists with around 35.4 million international tourists that come in every year. The tourism industry plays a big part in Thailand’s economy. The tourism industry contributes over 20% into the country's national GDP. With that all being said in 15 years’ time Thailand is predicting to have more than triple the number of international tourists every year. Every year the tourism industry in Thailand generates a revenue ranging from 60 to 70 billion US dollars. As a result of this the travel and tourism industry generated a high figure of over 2 million jobs for the Thai citizens in 2016.