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Answer Stats
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level ∞
Jul 18, 2013
Updated with new data!
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level 8
Apr 15, 2015
Indonesia got 8.8 million or so in 2013. It should be, *ahem*, the last.
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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 41
Aug 2, 2013
Great quiz. 28, missed Saudi Arabia and Singapore.
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level 73
Aug 9, 2013
Saudi Arabia doesn't have any tourists, really. They have pilgrims. The country does not issue tourism visas.
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level 44
Aug 20, 2014
Pilgrims are tourists.
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level 32
Sep 19, 2014
tourism isn't just going to the beach
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level 73
Jan 10, 2015
Islamic pilgrimage (hajj, umrah) if the fulfillment of a duty. It's as much tourism as attending a business meeting away from your home office. It's as much tourism as praying five times a day is recreation and fasting during Ramadan is dieting. They might appear similar but only on the surface. You can go look at the pretty churches in Prague, and that counts as tourism. But that's not what Muslim pilgrims to Mecca are doing. Most of them, anyway.
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level 44
Mar 8, 2015
All pilgrims are included in the stats, not just the muslim ones. They did not invent the whole concept. A pilgrim need to rest and eat (some won't a lot, but still), they are taken into consideration in touristic economy as they need special needs and accomodations really closed to the ones of regular tourists. Plus you can be a pilgrim and visit a bit the country while you are there.
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level 73
Jun 17, 2015
Not legally on a hajj or umrah visa, you can't. Saudi does not give out tourism visas.
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level 32
Aug 14, 2015
Then you mean leisure tourism, still tourism if you go on business
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level 56
Oct 8, 2015
Spain has a lot of pilgrims too that go to Santiago de Compostela. So does Italy
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level 73
Jun 6, 2016
Klabnix: business travel is not tourism. Tourism is for recreation or leisure.
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level 73
Aug 9, 2013
and Singapore has more laborers and prostitutes coming in to work from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam than they do tourists.. and those probably get counted... but it is a nice place to visit and the hub of one of the best airlines in the world.
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level 41
Aug 9, 2013
Well then I don't feel so bad. Thanks for the info.
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level 44
Sep 25, 2015
prostitutes are illegal in singapore and they get labourers from other countries(laborers and prostitudes are not counted)
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level 73
Jun 6, 2016
Noob... hahaha... so what? Have you been there? Visited Geylang where every street is lined with girls, literally, shoulder to shoulder in some places just waiting to get picked up.. or that one building I forget what it's called downtown.. Orchard Tower? Where there are like 15 different discos all with different types of prostitutes inside.. one for Russians.. one for Vietnamese girls, one for Filipinos etc. The girls come on different types of visas, some as performers or singers, some allegedly to work as business consultants or retailers, then they end up doing this and the government doesn't care. It is rampant, unchecked, and very out in the open.
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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 28
May 26, 2016
MiserableMe, funfact: heat, disease, poverty and cows roaming the streets make a place seem a lot more crowded than it actually is
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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 46
Aug 9, 2013
same here!! It's at the top of my list of places to see....
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level 74
Jun 5, 2015
But presumably it could be at the top of many people's lists without anyone actually going there.
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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 70
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 34
Apr 16, 2015
Really...i'm surprised...
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level 26
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 3
Aug 9, 2013
The name of this quiz should be somtehing like 'countries that count their tourists most actively'. There are just too many oddities. No Australia, India or Brazil? Get out of here!
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level 69
Aug 9, 2013
I'm with you. I call BS on this study. Are you telling me more people go to Ukraine than Australia? More go to Morocco than Jamaica? Please.
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level 73
Aug 9, 2013
Australia doesn't get many (international) tourists because it is extremely remote. Keep in mind this quiz does not count domestic tourism. Ukraine is right next to Russia, which is one of the largest source countries for tourists in the world. (other important source countries are in Europe and the Middle East also close by Ukraine) Morocco is also very close to Europe in addition to being a very popular vacation destination for Muslims and Arabs. Brazil and India have large numbers of domestic tourists, but the number of international tourists they get is affected by the fact that they are not close to any source countries, and in India's case they have an awful and archaic immigration/visa process which makes it more trouble than its worth to visit. I can personally attest to this.
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level 73
Aug 9, 2013
but I would encourage both of you to take the quiz I linked to below. You might like the results better.
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level 49
Aug 9, 2013
I've visited Morocco as a tourist, but not Australia, India, Brazil, or Jamaica.
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level 46
Aug 9, 2013
Morocco is also very high-fashion apparently....well according to ANTM anyways! lol
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level 73
Aug 9, 2013
I've visited India but none of those others... would love to go to Morocco or Brazil, though. Maybe Australia, but that's further down the list..
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level 27
Jul 30, 2014
you obviously don't remember that the 2012 eurocup was in in Poland/Ukraine then
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level 44
Sep 22, 2014
and let's not forget the sexual tourism in Ukraine. Not that there is nothing interesting there but it's the kind of destination where some go to enjoy the less strict laws/prices.
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level 65
Nov 3, 2014
Morocco is also cheap, easily-accessible from Europe, and always sunny. I'm going there next week.
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level 35
Jan 12, 2015
I get Morocco, but the Ukraine has had a civil war the last year--NOBODY IN THEIR RIGHT MIND visited there--I suggest you check out Vice's reporting from there--they were on site the entire time, kidnapped, beaten... You hear the bombs, are with soldiers from each side--there are no tourists anywhere. Egypt is similar--I heard they took such a fit that no one was going there last year. I expected Jamaica to make the list before Croatia and Hungary, and Sweden too. Jamaica has cruise lines and are not shut down all winter. Same with Barbados. These results are strange--I wonder if tourism as a percent of population or physical size would make more sense?
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level 44
Mar 8, 2015
The last datas used here come from before the ukrainian civil war.
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level 17
Apr 12, 2015
It's because inland tourism deosn't count in this one. And for a European, it is soooo much easier to go half of these countries than to Jamaica, and Europeans travel a lot, there's a lot of us, and so on. That's why, I would guess.
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level 73
Aug 14, 2015
Visiting Egypt and Ukraine right now is actually not a bad idea at all. The value of the local currency has dropped making everything much cheaper relatively, the major cities and tourist areas are still secure and safe for the most part. Odessa and Donetsk are not the same place.
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level 56
Aug 14, 2015
every september/october thousands of jewish men go to ukraine. and during the year some travel too. maybe those are counted too.
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level 60
Feb 25, 2016
Ukraine (at least prior to the war, and this data is from 2014) gets tons of Russians and citizens of other former Soviet republics visiting beaches or resorts, as it's cheap, nearby, and easy visa access for those people (unlike a Russian trying to get to Western Europe). Most of them take trains from Russia or elsewhere to get there.
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level 20
Mar 17, 2016
Kalbahamut; you make me laugh! India has immigration like any other country, there is definitely no problem with visas and passports in India. As far as i've seen India and countries in east africa should've also been in this list.
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level 73
Apr 3, 2016
ARJ: BS. I've traveled to close to 40 countries now. Not including Saudi Arabia (which doesn't even issue tourist visas, so their in a league all by themselves), the only country that I've visited that even came close to the awfulness of India's visa system was Russia. And I think Russian visas are made more expensive and cumbersome for Americans to obtain simply because they are Americans. India I think that's just the way they are. They are not like every other country. I got a 365 day visa upon arrival in Georgia at no cost and it took 10 seconds to process. Most other countries I've visited I didn't even have to obtain a visa at all; just an entry stamp. Going to India was weeks worth of hassle and pretty expensive, too. There are better places to go that are much easier to get to.
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level 51
Jan 18, 2017
Morocco is very close to Europe
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level 17
Sep 15, 2014
true
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level 45
Oct 9, 2014
I agree.
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level 35
Jul 13, 2016
Can I ask, are you American? Do you travel abroad often? I just ask because with easy travel between countries, I think us Europeans tend to go abroad more often than those in other continents. Yes, Brazil and Australia might be nicer, but that's far too costly for most people. These destinations are reserved for once-in-a-lifetime trips. Whereas I can hop on the train and get to France in a few hours on the cheap :0) I'm British, and it's pretty normal for people to go abroad yearly on holiday - I do. I wouldn't see sunshine otherwise! I don't think that's normal for US citizens though? And many other countries? I think that's why it's so Eurocentric. It's so cheap and easy for us to go to another country, everyone does it regularly. On the continent you don't even need your passport, you probably won't even need to change your currency (depends of course), and you can hop on the train and be there! Thats a luxury you don't have elsewhere
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level 73
Nov 13, 2016
I'm not sure if you're talking to me or not, but yes I think you are spot-on. That's why I made a different quiz using data that includes both domestic and international tourism. Taking a trip from France to Germany is certainly no more significant than an American taking a trip from California to Nevada. It shouldn't be counted differently, and of course this is why the data here is very Eurocentric.
and yes I have an American passport and I currently travel 365 days a year but many Americans don't even have a passport. You can get all over the United States and Mexico without owning one, and that's already more ground to cover than all of Europe combined.
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level 52
Dec 24, 2016
I'm from Canada and here we're really screwed for that. A lot of people like to go to more mild parts of British Columbia including Vancouver which rarely gets snow but other than that we pretty much have to fly to the US, Mexico, Costa Rica, and elsewhere. So yes you're lucky that way.
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level 66
May 4, 2018
Australia has had almost 10 million overseas visitors during the last 12 months, the number of Chinese and Japanese visitors is rising daily and they are good tourists, respectful, law abiding and big spenders.
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level 26
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 14
Jan 15, 2014
When I typed in England it came up with the United Kingdom.... the UK is made up of 4 different countries ....
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level 20
Jun 27, 2014
yeah but only england is important
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level 60
Aug 14, 2015
Try telling that to an Irish, Welsh or Scot.
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level 36
Aug 22, 2017
Aaaaaand people like you are why I'm an Irish republican.
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level 49
Sep 25, 2017
Typical English, full of your own self-importance, lol
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level 70
Sep 25, 2017
"Country" has several meanings, one of them is "region of UK"
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level 63
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 63
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 15
Mar 1, 2014
i missed everything in the 3rd row.
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level 24
Mar 12, 2014
japan isn"t here
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level 59
Sep 24, 2017
It isn't here either! Have we lost it now?
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level 59
May 7, 2014
Surprised that Australia and Japan don't have more tourists.
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level 18
May 13, 2014
I assume that Ukraine and Poland are on here due to Euro 2012. Surprised Australia wasn't on here.
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level 48
Jun 18, 2014
I hear the Crimea is a popular holiday destination for Russians.
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level 35
Jan 7, 2018
Ukraine is not here though
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level 56
Jan 22, 2018
The quizzes are updated with more recent data!
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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 68
Mar 1, 2017
Skiers!!!
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level 17
Jun 10, 2014
crazy when tourists overwhelmed the actual population of the country...
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level 32
Jun 27, 2014
I was surprised no Australia
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level 20
Jun 27, 2014
why hungary? god sake, last one
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level 47
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 18
Jul 10, 2014
Wow, really thought Australia would be on here!
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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 9
Jul 22, 2014
Russia?? That's a real surprise when it is so difficult to get a visa to visit there, and generally they hate outsiders. Also, Ukraine is a suprise? Am shocked Indonesia isn't on there as imagine that's a top destination for Australians and people all across SE Asia. And people visit South Korea more than they do Japan? I guess it's the Japanese that are upping the tourist numbers in South Korea?
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level 35
Jan 12, 2015
I expected Indonesia way more than Malaysia! There's so much that confused me.
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level 74
Jun 5, 2015
If you'd been to Russia you might believe the figures. Even in April in the freezing cold we kept bumping into people with cameras in Red Square, even though it wasn't a good day for taking photos. Anyway, Russia is huge with lots of borders so presumably there are loads of people who can simply cross the border into Russia for a cheap and easy holiday. Though I agree, the visas are far too complicated...
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level 73
Nov 13, 2016
I spent most of the summer this year in Russia and loved it there. Of all the places I've visited in the past two years, I think only it and Ukraine are ones that I'm likely to return to.

Least likely to return to: Serbia (what a bunch of jerks, indescribable), Moldova (redefines boring), Norway (expensive!!!)
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level 22
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 70
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 15
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 69
Nov 23, 2015
A lot of northern Europeans holiday in southern France...and when people make the big trip to see Europe from the Americas/Asia/Australia, France is invariably high on the list
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level 17
Jul 20, 2015
Poland and Hungary. oh. I am stupid.
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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 45
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 13
Aug 14, 2015
France at the top of the world as always !
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level 30
Aug 14, 2015
Why??? I don't know what people see in France. And Paris is overrated.
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level 13
Aug 16, 2015
Overrated ? What cities are better than Paris ? Maybe a few ones (arguably) depending on what you're seeking for. ;) Also Paris is not the only place to go. We have almost all the landscapes possible on a 550.000 km² area, whitout counting our overseas territories. The Mediterranean sea, the Atlantic ocean, the Alps, the Pyrennes, valleys etc.
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level 73
Aug 25, 2015
I actually love Paris, but, for various reasons, I would probably prefer to vacation in New York, San Francisco, Bangkok, London, Tokyo, Amsterdam, or several other cities I could name.
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level 28
Mar 3, 2017
The Louvre, the Palace of Versailles, the Garnier opera, the wine, I do think the Eiffel tower is overrated though.
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level 56
Dec 19, 2017
This is what I see in France (and why I like going there) - no particular order: the food, the wine, the lifestyle, mountains, Cote d'Azur, lots of castles and palaces, the history, (mostly) friendly people (outside of Paris!!), very varied landscapes, all the galleries and art. Sure I've missed other things, but that will do for starters.
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level 21
Jan 4, 2017
Paris is the center of traffic jams Every year, i go to morocco from belgium so we drive past Paris
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level 28
Mar 3, 2017
When has France ever been at the top of the world?
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level 70
Sep 25, 2017
In 1998.
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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 31
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 31
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 33
Sep 14, 2015
Missed Croatia.
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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 59
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 70
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 19
May 28, 2016
lmaooooo I forgot greece
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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 24
Oct 2, 2016
why Indonesia isn't there ? who don't know Bali ?????
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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 68
Jul 5, 2018
They're not recorded as "visiting", I'm sure. They're "repatriated residents" or something.
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level 24
Jan 10, 2017
Indonesia isn't it ?
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level 51
Jan 18, 2017
United Arab Emirates with 14,8 mil. ?
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level 32
Jan 27, 2017
Yes i was also wondering how Australia, Brazil, Argentina and New Zealand not answers on this quiz? For those creating these quizzes, please understand that we use them to educate ourselves. Last thing we want is to be learning inaccurate facts..
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level 56
Apr 21, 2017
There's a source at the top of the page, which happens to come from the UN. Read the other comments, you're not the first to question why certain countries aren't on this list, but there are very reasonable explanations. Go on, take a bit of time to read them, rather than jumping to conclusions and making comments that others have already made ad infinitum...
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level 68
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 70
Sep 25, 2017
Usually overnight stays count in such statistics.
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level 68
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 38
Sep 16, 2017
No Egypt, but there's Canada?? OMG what's your source??
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level 73
Sep 25, 2017
The source is listed and linked to, and this result is not really at all surprising considering that Canada shares one of the longest land borders in the world with the United States, probably the most important source country for tourists in the world (unless China has surpassed them).
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level 60
Jul 3, 2018
Interesting statement. The Chinese by far exceed the US on expenditure (more than double), but only narrowly on total outbound tourists. Excluding same-day trips, it is Germany which has more than the US. Statistics are a little outdated (2016), but still worthwhile.
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level 44
Sep 23, 2017
How did I forget Japan?
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level 49
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 1
Oct 14, 2017
For all those wondering why UAE. That's because UAE has Dubai, one of the biggest tourism city in the world. And it has been so for over 2 decades, when Dubai diversified and became the tourism, business, entertainment & sports capital of west and mid Asia. Google Dubai Tourism, and you will then know what Dubai is.
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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 59
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 68
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 48
May 19, 2018
No, I'm equally shocked.
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level 40
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 40
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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