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Countries with Most Tourists Quiz

Name the 24 countries that receive the most international visitors.
For 2016, according to the UN World Tourism Organization
Last updated: September 03, 2018
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# Arrivals
Country
82.6 m
France
75.6 m
United States
75.6 m
Spain
59.3 m
China
52.4 m
Italy
35.8 m
United Kingdom
35.6 m
Germany
35.0 m
Mexico
# Arrivals
Country
32.6 m
Thailand
≈ 30 m
Turkey
28.1 m
Austria
26.8 m
Malaysia
24.8 m
Greece
24.6 m
Russia
24.0 m
Japan
20.0 m
Canada
# Arrivals
Country
18.0 m
Saudi Arabia
17.5 m
Poland
17.2 m
South Korea
15.8 m
Netherlands
15.3 m
Hungary
14.9 m
United Arab Emirates
14.6 m
India
13.8 m
Croatia
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level ∞
Jul 18, 2013
Updated with new data!
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level ∞
Jul 14, 2015
Updated again with the latest data and reduced the # of answers to 24.
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level 34
Aug 9, 2013
Am I the only one surprised that India isn't on here?
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level 48
Aug 9, 2013
Probably. They don't have much room for their natives, let alone tourists. :p
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level 19
Mar 30, 2015
Fun fact: India is less densely populated than the netherlands
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level 66
Jul 20, 2015
India is a great place to visit, not just for the wonderful palaces, forts, monuments etc etc. great food, welcoming people, great weather, marvellous mountains, desert, jungle, savannah ........ you name it, India has it. And I'm not Indian.
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level 66
May 4, 2018
I'd say you're a 'Glass half-empty' kind of girl.
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level 66
Aug 9, 2013
I was surprised too - big destination for students/backpackers.
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level 37
Aug 9, 2013
I'm shocked.
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level 45
Oct 9, 2014
Shocked. Such a large country with so much to see!! Probably they forget to get India's data lol
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level 66
Dec 8, 2014
I am too, it's such a wonderful country to visit!
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level 35
Jan 12, 2015
I was shocked! Tried it twice... And Fiji...Cambodia...Peru... I d go to these places before I'd go to South Africa or Ukraine (esp this past year with the war). Egypt surprised me they were still there--Cambodia has ruins without uprisings... Same with Peru, Bolivia and others.
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level 28
Jan 22, 2015
The main tourist areas of Egypt outside of Cairo have barely been affected at all by the Arab Spring and resultant unrest. Sharm has more British people in it than a lot of English Cities!
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level 48
Mar 12, 2016
@GuyNor09 not anymore
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level 71
Oct 4, 2016
Ukrainian coast was a major (closest & Russian speaking) destination for Russian vacationers, I'm just surprised it was still so high in 2014
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level 37
Apr 16, 2015
Really...i'm surprised...
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level 27
Feb 13, 2016
I too am surprised.
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level 35
Jul 13, 2016
I think perhaps the majority travel short haul? To travel further is often more costly, and it obviously takes longer. So Europeans travel mostly around Europe (especially easy with being mostly without borders) making the top destinations Euro centric. Russia goes to Ukraine, US to Mexico and vice versa, China to Singapore etc. The countries that border India, I imagine, don't have citizens that go abroad for a summer jolly so much. That's just my guess. I did type in India as a guess, but it kind of makes sense to not be there.
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level 25
Aug 9, 2013
Stunned that Australia isn't on the list. So many natural wonders and man made sights as well as the good weather. Gobsmacked.
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level 73
Aug 9, 2013
Would be interesting to see a top 30 list for countries with the most tourists that traveled more than 1,000 or 1,500 miles or so to get there.... I'd wager that countries like Australia, Japan, India, China and Brazil would make such a list. The US, Canada, Mexico, Thailand and other countries would move up in the rankings. The European countries would all move down or shuffle off the list entirely. Would be interesting to see.. but I've never seen anyone try to tabulate this data before.
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level 73
Aug 9, 2013
oh wow, China is already #4 on the above list. Didn't notice. I think on the last version of this quiz they didn't even make the top 30. So, anyway, I imagine that they would move up the list if it excluded people that had traveled less than 1,000 miles. Including domestic tourists I think they're already #1.
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level 71
May 27, 2014
I doubt European countries would shuffle off the list altogether. There are an awful lot of antipodeans and Americans in Europe at any one time.
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level 48
Jun 18, 2014
With China, I've been a few times but only once to actually go to China, all the others have been to change flights, (its by far the cheapest way of flying from Europe to Australia), but each time I've had to fill out a form for a short term tourist visa. If they're counting all these its bound to boost their figures a little.
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level 73
Nov 5, 2014
@Wombat, I said shuffle down *or* shuffle off. Countries like France would still be on the list, much much lower on it but still on it (take your Midol gandalf), but countries like the Czech Republic and Croatia would likely disappear.
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level 73
Nov 5, 2014
also gandalf, I love how you keep insisting that counting 1 tourist as 1 tourist is "tweaking" the data... when to get the result that you like actually requires ignoring billions of tourists. Whatever helps you sleep at night, mon frère.
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level 34
Sep 17, 2017
Just too far and expensive is my guess
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level 44
Sep 23, 2017
Too many snakes?
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level 75
Sep 24, 2017
Why did it have to be snakes?
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level 29
Aug 12, 2013
yay, second time got them all!
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level 33
Oct 9, 2013
nice
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level 13
Oct 31, 2013
100 percent easy
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level 23
Nov 27, 2013
I was going to put Thailand and Poland but I decided that they were not enormous countries and set about putting in Russia China India etc.
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level 35
Jan 12, 2015
I tried Thailand because I hear so much about it. Like India, it has the ancient sights and culture but it has resorts and now medical tourism. People go to scuba dive, lay in the sun and toast in winter. For such a small country, they have a lot of visitors. After all, people don't visit the jungle much, just the capital and ruins and coast.
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level 50
Sep 23, 2017
Thailand is not a small country. It has over 65 million people (more than the UK). It's also surrounded by and near to other countries who also contribute to it's tourism as well as the huge number of tourists visiting from the Western World and East Asian countries.
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level 64
Feb 19, 2014
Does Vatican City count its tourists? Or do you need to stay overnight to be a tourist?
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level 64
Feb 19, 2014
Ah, I now read Vatican City gets about 6.2 mil tourists a year. Not bad, but also not enough to make the list.
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level 24
Mar 12, 2014
Vatican city has a lot of tourists seriously because the populatinon is 839
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level 65
Nov 3, 2014
If you made a quiz for number of tourists by population, or by area, you'd get huuuuuge numbers for the Vatican!
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level 24
Mar 12, 2014
japan isn"t here
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level 59
May 7, 2014
Surprised that Australia and Japan don't have more tourists.
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level 24
Jun 4, 2014
I can't really see my home country of Austria getting 24 million visitors per year ... that's 3 times the number of its actual inhabitants ...
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level 69
Mar 1, 2017
Skiers!!!
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level 20
Jun 27, 2014
why hungary? god sake, last one
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level 48
Jul 1, 2014
Portugal, despite its smal size, welcomes around 11 million tourists every year. Surprised it does not make the list.
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level 17
Jul 18, 2014
This quiz is terrible there is no Australia India Brazil or NZ only embarrassing part was that I missed Germany
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level 28
Jul 21, 2014
Japan?
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level 25
Oct 10, 2014
Why are Ukraine and Saudi Arabia on the list? Why Brazil, India and Australia aren't on the list?
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level 73
Nov 5, 2014
All of these questions were addressed in the comments above.
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level 35
Jan 12, 2015
Saudi Arabia has Mecca. And they are very modern, bring in lots of people. But The Ukraine in the midst of civil war made no sense. UAE shocked me as well. Over Japan, Brazil, Jamaica, Bahamas....so many.
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level 56
Mar 16, 2015
The UAE has Dubai, which is a huge destination for shoppers and foreign laborers
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level 71
Jul 28, 2015
Apparently, there are a lot of off-duty Russian soldiers 'holidaying' in Ukraine at the moment...
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level 73
Sep 23, 2017
The war is irrelevant. Donetsk isn't a resort town. If anything it has made the country more attractive since the currency devaluation has made it extremely cheap.
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level 71
Sep 25, 2017
Donetsk tourist numbers don't affect the total much, but the loss of Crimea does (even if they tried to count the visitors there and add them to Ukrainian total - the numbers have dwindled from what I hear). And the average tourist avoids a country with a war going on, few bother to check the details. Slovenia had just a very brief war, but for many years it was avoided due to "war in Yugoslavia".
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level 73
Sep 27, 2017
Djilas: that's true. But cyn's comment was overreaching. It's accurate to say that the ongoing conflict in Ukraine might negatively impact tourist numbers, but not that because of this their appearance on the list makes no sense.
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level 50
Dec 28, 2014
Hmmmm, this quiz doesn't seem to be correct.
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level 21
Jan 4, 2015
I missed 5 countries. And I can't believe that Japan is fewer than South Korea .
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level 35
Jan 12, 2015
No Israel? I tried it but can't see it...Israel with all the Christians and Jewish people visiting as well as Muslims--less than Ukraine in war or Croatia? UAE? ASre there that many rich rich people? Ir is it the young girls kidnapped into prostitution? People reporting the girls being kidnapped from Iraq and Syria are vague about where the brothels are that they keep the young women and girls in...Wonder if UAE is the answer... Men go to religious leaders in towns in Iraq and in refugee camps in and out of Syria and try to bribe them to identify young girls (8 and up) who have lost their male relatives in war. Sometimes, in Iraq, they offer marriage but place the girls in brothels instead. In Syrian refugee camps, they are breaking in at night and kidnapping young women. They are kept in strip clubs and brothels. If families find them, they may be kidnapped right back. Nuns are operating safe houses for girls who have gotten free...hiding and protecting them ...
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level 53
Feb 15, 2015
Surprised that Brazil, Japan, and the Vatican aren't on here
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level 73
Jun 17, 2015
I'm surprised that apparently Singapore the city gets more than twice as many tourists as Singapore the country, according to the two quizzes on the subject on this site.
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level 70
Aug 8, 2016
Maybe they're counting 'domestic tourists' - every time you go a few stops on the MRT.
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level 73
Sep 23, 2017
Findlay, no that would be stupid. Nobody on the site has ever made a quiz like that. You'd have to be unable to read or willfully ignorant to think otherwise.
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level 18
Jul 19, 2015
There's a few that I'm surprised are missing. The biggest one is Switzerland. Also, Peru, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil are very popular and I'm surprised they're not mentioned.
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level 66
Jul 20, 2015
France has so many visitors because it is a central hub in Europe, e.g. people travelling to other countries in Europe usually pass through France, UK tourists going to Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Denmark, etc etc often arrive first in France then travel on..... it's the same for many other countries.
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level 20
Aug 3, 2015
What about Brazil and India?
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level 65
Aug 6, 2015
Yeah, Brazil not being on the list surprised me as well.
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level 46
Aug 14, 2015
How is Ukraine on there (no offense to any ukrainians out there) but belgium, brazil, united arab emirates not.
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level 50
Aug 14, 2015
I had the same thought.
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level 47
Sep 3, 2015
huge amounts of russian tourists go there. well they did, now it's just the army :(
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level 50
Aug 14, 2015
Only missed Malaysia and Singapore >_
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level 34
Aug 14, 2015
Well I am really surprised that Egypt doesn't appear here...
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level 32
Aug 14, 2015
Me too
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level 73
Aug 25, 2015
Egypt is still #1 in Africa but that's not saying a lot.
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level 73
Aug 30, 2018
and now they're not even #1 in Africa anymore.
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level 32
Aug 14, 2015
Missed 5 including holland. I cannot believe that Portugal isn't on there
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level 22
Aug 17, 2015
can you accept korea for south korea
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level 41
Sep 1, 2015
Extremely inaccurate for some reason. Brasil easily fits in that top 5, whether it's all documented or not. Refuse to believe Australia gets less tourists than half of these countries. Either the source has an inefficient standard for tourism, or their data is flawed.
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level 70
Aug 8, 2016
As has been explained elsewhere, European countries dominate because they're all close together and it is the continent which on average has the most disposable income for travel. If you're in the UK, it's easy to visit France or Spain. From Italy it's a few hours to the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia. By contrast, Australia is a long, long way from any developed countries with large populations. Only NZ and its 4 million people are in easy travelling distance from us, and you still need to catch a three hour flight - unlike in Europe where you can jump in the car or on a train and be in another country in no time. Given all this it doesn't at all surprise me that Australia doesn't make the list. Brazil is a bit more of a surprise, but the countries closest to it have much less disposable income than European countries.
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level 73
Aug 30, 2018
and getting around South America is a lot more difficult even if you have money.
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level 19
Sep 19, 2015
Egypt?
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level 44
Sep 25, 2015
missed croatia and ukraine
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level 58
Jan 21, 2016
Why is everyone so surprised about Australia? I mean it's remote and far away from the standpoint of most people. If I wanted to get to Australia for example it would take me almost a day to get there including stops cause no plane travels that far without running out of fuel. Expenses probably play a role too. I can see that some countries don't seem like the obvious choice but they are close to other big tourist spots or it's cheap to get there even though they might not be around the corner.
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level 30
Apr 22, 2017
Dear Carry, Actually, I can see that you did zero research before posting this comment. I can assure you, Australia is a lush beautiful country. Why would people want to go Australia? Hmm... Let me think... -Uluru, the biggest monolith in the world -Sydney Harbour bridge, a beautiful, huge bridge over Sydney harbour -Bondi Beach, one of the best beaches in the world -Sydney Opera House, an amazing structure again on Sydney harbour -Royal Botanical Gardens, public gardens overflowing with greenery Not to mention the zoos, parks, mountains etc. And we have a huge variety of animals, like koalas, kangaroos, birds, emus, platypi. Also, all this was off the top of my head, so who knows what else. Please educate yourself before assuming that people won't want to go to Australia. Expenses certainly don't stop most people. This is an outdated quiz, by the way. As of 2016, there were 18.9 mil arrivals across Australia's border. Remoteness often beckons people, anyway. Have a good day :)
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level 67
Aug 31, 2017
Dear QueeenBeee,
You disproved exactly zero of Carry's comment. They simply pointed out remoteness as a reason for less international tourism, and made literally no mention of the draw for people to go to Australia. If you're going to be snarky, please at least address the topic you claim to be addressing.
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level 66
May 19, 2018
Uluru is an 'Inselberg' not a monolith and is not the 'biggest' as Mount Augustus in West Australia has that honour:
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level 49
Dec 20, 2017
Lol as an Australian, I myself was pretty surprised that Australia was not on here, but I see your point. People from Europe or the US don't want to sit 22 hours on a plane while changing planes once in a while. But with that said, there are a ton of (mostly Asian) tourists here. I am Chinese-Australian too, my parents came here as tourists but eventually moved here as they loved the country so much. But I still want to go to Europe and the USA. But seriously, it is actually pretty beautiful. You should come here at least once in your lifetime :)
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level 60
Feb 25, 2016
Surprised India didn't crack the list, just from sheer numbers, but I suspect the visa process may have something to do with that. Also surprised at Malaysia's high showing--do a lot of Chinese or Australians go there?
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level 21
Mar 23, 2016
I thought Egypt would be here because of all the monuments....or is it just me?
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level 71
Sep 25, 2017
I don't know about previous numbers, but the revolution and attacks on tourists (plane bombing, shootings, ...) have some effect for sure .
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level 59
Jul 2, 2016
FYI Russians are a lot nicer if you can speak Russian. It's a sign of respect. Russia's really not a terrible place to go if you're not an entitled whiner.
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level 70
Aug 8, 2016
I think if you require someone to speak your language before you'll be nice to them, you're not very nice. I've traveled to about 40 countries, speaking at least 30 languages between them - am I really supposed to learn all 30 languages before I travel to those countries? That's obviously not a reasonable expectation. On a quick SE Asian jaunt an Australian might pass from Malay-speaking countries, to Thai, to Khmer, to Lao, to Vietnamese, to Tagalog. And yet in all those countries I've found people very pleasant, regardless of my inability to speak their languages. It's not out of lack of respect that I don't learn their languages - it's that I'm not nearly intelligent enough to become that level of polyglot.
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level 30
Jul 4, 2016
I suspect some deviation from real figures. Governments can provide inaccurate figures. Saudi Arabia is not a touristic place while India must be.
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level 66
Sep 17, 2016
Saudi Arabia has the Hajj...
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level 40
Oct 9, 2016
How is Australia not on here?
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level 38
Dec 3, 2016
who is going to Ukraine??? Its crab
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level 53
Jan 2, 2017
missed Ukraine, didn't think it gets so many tourists.
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level ∞
Jan 2, 2017
Russians visiting the Black Sea? It does seem strange to me as well.
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level 69
Jul 5, 2018
They're not recorded as "visiting", I'm sure. They're "repatriated residents" or something.
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level 52
Jan 18, 2017
United Arab Emirates with 14,8 mil. ?
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level 69
Mar 1, 2017
While I am very sad for the Ukraine (I doubt they'll be on this list after later data comes in), I'm so happy for Croatia's recovery. (Game of Thrones has certainly helped!) When I spent a summer there, they were just out of their own war of independence, but NATO was still fighting Serbia. Apparently it had always been a booming tourist destination in the past, but the coast was pretty ghost town-y in 1999. The only tourists who still went were Germans! Aside from one group who had family there (and spoke Croatian), I was the only American I came across. It's a beautiful country, full of warm, gregarious people.
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level 32
Mar 22, 2017
Im so proud of my country being on this list <3 (Its Croatia)
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level 39
Mar 28, 2017
I am pretty sure more tourists go to Switzerland than Ukraine or Croatia
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level 57
Apr 21, 2017
I'm not saying that they should be on here, but I am a bit surprised that the amount of American tourists flooding to Caribbean countries isn't enough to put any on this list. Also since so many people go to Rome, wouldn't that put the Vatican up there?
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level 71
Sep 25, 2017
Usually overnight stays count in such statistics.
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level 69
Jul 5, 2018
See my response to FrancisCatherine a bit further down for my educated guess on the lack of the Bahamas. TL;dr: The vast majority of the world lives MUCH closer to superior beaches. Mostly North Americans go to the Caribbean, and we have superior choices there as well.
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level 57
May 29, 2017
Can you do a quiz with the cities!?
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level 49
Sep 23, 2017
Can imagine this would be quite hard to do.
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level 73
Sep 25, 2017
It's been done.
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level 39
Jun 11, 2017
Got them all but one, some how I forgot Austria even though I have been there a bunch of times.....
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level 46
Sep 1, 2017
What!?!?!.......No Switzerland?!?!?!?!?!?
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level 44
Sep 23, 2017
How did I forget Japan?
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level 50
Oct 1, 2017
I'm surprised Ireland didn't make the list- we seem to be tripping over tourists all year!
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level 34
Oct 1, 2017
Most tourists per capita would be interesting
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level ∞
Oct 2, 2017
https://www.jetpunk.com/quizzes/most-touristy-countries
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level 43
Jan 31, 2018
What I'm surprised with is lack of Egypt or Morocco. Seems to me like much more interesting countries to visit than for example Austria
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level 66
May 19, 2018
Not as safe though:
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level 60
Feb 6, 2018
Unfortunately there's no official data, but it's not hard to imagine Vatican City making the list with over 14 million people. That is around 38,000 tourists per day. Sounds like a lot, but if you take a walk around the country it feels like you're about to enter a football stadium. I think it beats the mark easily.
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level 32
Mar 13, 2018
I was surprised the bahamas weren't on here. seems like all the white people are going there in the summer
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level 69
Jul 5, 2018
Not Europeans, Asians, South Americans or Oceanians (is that the right term?), white or otherwise, all who have lovely, world-class beaches MUCH closer to home. So that's… let's see… carry the 1… 330 million of us, plus the Canadians – what are there, a couple, three hundred by now? – vs. 6.6+ billion of those with better proximity to better beaches. Mystery solved!
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level 39
Apr 5, 2018
Oh rly? 23/24 And canada was the only one missing...
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level 23
Apr 24, 2018
please tell me that i'm not the ony one who is shocked to see hungary and croatia on here but not portugal, indonesia, australia, belgium, switzerland, sweden, brazil, etc.
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level 53
May 19, 2018
No, I'm equally shocked.
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level 41
Aug 13, 2018
Croatia and Hungary are both really nice vacation destinations, I've been to both. I guess Europeans are the biggest travelers and these countries are more accessible and reachable than Australia, Indonesia, Brazil etc. for us...
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level 37
May 19, 2018
I missed the UAE when I already typed it in........
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level 31
Aug 10, 2018
Hungary?! Croatia?! What are they doing on the list? Where are Australia and Indonesia?
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level 41
Aug 13, 2018
Hungary and Croatia are on the list because they are really interesting and nice holiday destinations. Australia is that very large island country that can be found to the West of New Zealand and Indonesia is made up out of a lot of islands and can be found South of China. You are welcome.
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level 73
Aug 30, 2018
They're on the list because they're in Europe where there are tons of tiny countries all next to each other and you don't even need to pass through customs to go from one to the next, and this quiz only counts tourists as tourists if they cross an international boundary.
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level 22
Sep 23, 2018
missed uae and hungary