As a traveler but also a former accountant, I love travel statistics, so when I see reports like the most visited countries in the world, I just have to read them. This kind of list is usually pretty much the same each year, but every now and then a new entry or a drop in popularity makes for a surprise. This year’s list of the most visited countries has recently been published by the United Nations World Tourist Organization and here are the top 9.
Attracting a whopping 83 million visitors each year, it seems that tourists around the world find it difficult to resist the charms of France. Nicknamed the ‘City of Light,’ Paris is exceptionally popular with tourists from the Americas and Asia thanks to places like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Though Paris may attract the lion share of non-EU tourists, visitors from nearby countries like the UK and Germany help put France in the top spot of most visited countries by heading to the countryside of Provence, Normandy, Brittany, and Bordeaux.