This is not really a list of countries that entertain the most tourists. The arbitrary distinction made between tourists that cross an imaginary border that we have socially constructed to be between two countries unrealistically inflates the number of tourists small European countries get relative to larger countries. It makes it so that a family taking the 1 hour train ride from Bratislava to Vienna, even though there is no customs or immigration point between the two, counts more than a family flying 14 hours from Boston to Honolulu. This is non-sensical, EU countries are equivalent to US States when it comes to travel between them, but at least with the previous version of the title you couldn't say the quiz was misleading.
In reality the country that entertains the most tourists in the world is China. USA is #2.
Geo: no, if you count domestic and international tourists together then China is #1 and the USA is #2. Chinese people are traveling a lot more than they used to and some cities inside China receive staggering numbers of tourists from other places within the country.
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.
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.
Why Brazil, India and Australia aren't on the list?
Saudi Arabia doesn't really receive tourists. The country does not issue tourist visas. They give out a large number of hajj and umrah visas, but that's not the same thing. Pilgrimage to Mecca is a religious duty not tourism. Saudi shouldn't really be on the list.
Brazil and Australia are very isolated and inconvenient to get to from other major source countries for tourists which are the USA, Canada, Russia, China, Japan, Arabian peninsula countries, and Western Europe. Australia is an island nation with no land borders. Brazil is surrounded by poor countries that don't produce many international tourists with a topography that makes travel between them very difficult. Though if you include domestic tourism then Brazil would probably make the list.
Croatia, Ukraine, and the UAE are popular resort destinations that are close to large populations with disposable income (respectively western/central Europe, Russia, Gulf states). Additionally for UAE, Dubai has become a major transit hub between Europe and Asia -- it has the third busiest airport in the world by number of passengers. The statistics used in this quiz come from UN World Tourism, and while its possible these numbers are counting some of the foreign workers in the UAE that would be workers travelling openly, not clandestinely kidnapped people. Your suggestions also make little geographic sense... I suggest thinking about this critically instead of leaping to sensationalism.
Switzerland: 10.4 million
Ukraine: 13.3 million
Croatia: 13.8 million
Croatia and Ukraine might be less famous internationally than Switzerland, but they are very popular beach resort destinations among Europeans and Russians. (France and Spain as well of course, but the first two are closer and much cheaper for many.)
Morocco got 10.3 million tourists in 2016; Egypt got 5.3 million (this is way down due to security concerns and has likely recovered some in the last two years).
Panama: 2 million
Monaco: 300 thousand
Cuba: 4 million
Puerto Rico: 3.7 million
Bahamas: 1.4 million
(Vatican city is not listed -- I think the source only counts overnight visitors, and tourists afaik cannot stay in the Vatican overnight.)
South Africa? Portugal? Belgium? Brazil?
Greetings from Central Ukraine!
gosh darn it vietnam....
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