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Countries with the Most Tourists Quiz

Can you name the 24 countries that receive the most international visitors?
For 2018, according to the UN World Tourism Organization
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Last updated: September 24, 2019
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# Arrivals
Country
89.4 m
France
82.8 m
Spain
79.6 m
United States
62.9 m
China
62.1 m
Italy
45.8 m
Turkey
41.4 m
Mexico
38.9 m
Germany
# Arrivals
Country
38.3 m
Thailand
36.3 m
United Kingdom
31.1 m
Japan
30.8 m
Austria
30.1 m
Greece
25.8 m
Malaysia
24.6 m
Russia
22.8 m
Portugal
# Arrivals
Country
21.1 m
Canada
19.6 m
Poland
19.0 m
Netherlands
17.4 m
India
17.1 m
Hungary
16.6 m
Croatia
15.9 m
United Arab Emirates
15.5 m
Vietnam
102 Recent Comments
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Level 33
Mar 28, 2017
I am pretty sure more tourists go to Switzerland than Ukraine or Croatia
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Level 56
Jan 8, 2019
If you actually read the UN report linked at the top, you would see:

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.)

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Level 46
Mar 10, 2024
I doubt it. With the Dalmatian coast I'd expect more tourists in Croatia than a landlocked country with no beautiful seacoast.
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Level 68
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 83
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 46
Mar 10, 2024
Yeah, most who can afford it ho to St. John or the BVI or St. Lucia
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Level 49
Apr 7, 2020
While North Americans do visit the Caribbean frequently, there is also Florida, Arizona, Nevada, California, etc, while from Northern Europe you really have to leave your country to get somewhere warm. That's my guess as to why.
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Level 64
May 29, 2017
Can you do a quiz with the cities!?
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Level 67
Sep 23, 2017
Can imagine this would be quite hard to do.
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Level 82
Sep 25, 2017
It's been done.
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Level 35
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 39
Sep 1, 2017
What!?!?!.......No Switzerland?!?!?!?!?!?
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Level 41
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 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 70
May 19, 2018
Not as safe though:
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Level 56
Jan 8, 2019
Depends on what you're interested in and what's convenient. (Austria is closer and much easier travel for most Europeans and probably Americans.)

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).

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Level 46
Mar 10, 2024
Depends what you like. The Alps are a major site. Natural beauty trumps manmade any day.
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Level 66
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 42
Apr 5, 2018
Oh rly? 23/24 And canada was the only one missing...
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Level 63
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 73
May 19, 2018
No, I'm equally shocked.
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Level 51
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 69
Jan 8, 2019
yea hungary and croatia were totally out of the blue for me. Didnt even get those when I started randomly throwing countries about. And also didnt get no indonesia (but malaysia IS there, and not at the end either) And yea sort of expected brazil and australia, yet as stated it doesnt have direct borders, but it is one you hear so many people talking about going to or wanting to go to. Allmost seems to be a set rule, going backpacking when you leave highschool, and if the destination isnt india it is australia. Belgium or sweden wernt ones I would have expected though
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Level 46
Mar 10, 2024
Croatia is way more beautiful than Portugal naturally. The entire coastline is gorgeous and every river is turquoise. It is a natural wonder In itself like Montenegro.
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Level 34
May 19, 2018
I missed the UAE when I already typed it in........
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Level 28
Aug 10, 2018
Hungary?! Croatia?! What are they doing on the list? Where are Australia and Indonesia?
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Level 51
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 82
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 82
Jan 8, 2019
Brazil is 4th and Indonesia is 7th on the quiz I authored myself on the subject. This quiz includes ALL tourists that a country entertains, both domestic and international, and so in my estimation is more intuitive, but the data is considerably out of date now. I'd update it if I ever found a good source.
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Level 46
Mar 10, 2024
Croatia is one of THE most naturally beautiful countries in the world.
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Level 54
Sep 23, 2018
missed uae and hungary
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Level 64
Jan 8, 2019
Who tried North Korea for fun?
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Level 35
Jan 8, 2019
Vatican City? Panama? Monaco? Cuba? Puerto Rico? Bahamas?
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Level 56
Jan 8, 2019
From the quiz source:

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.)

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Level 66
Sep 15, 2023
Puerto Rico isn't a country
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Level 57
Jan 8, 2019
Australia? New Zealand? Egypt? Definitely more than Hungary or Poland.

South Africa? Portugal? Belgium? Brazil?

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Level 56
Jan 8, 2019
Check the quiz source if you actually want to know the numbers. This quiz is counting only international tourists, so European countries get a leg up by being so easy to travel between. This doesn't explain why Hungary (15m) and Poland (17m) > Belgium (7.5m) and Portugal (11m) -- I'm not sure but my guess is that the former two are more popular among Europeans despite being less well known to Americans.
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Level 85
Sep 24, 2019
Cost may also play in to it. The western European nations are known for being very expensive to visit.
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Level 47
Jan 20, 2019
23/24 on first try!
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Level 47
Jan 24, 2019
No Australia? Very surprising
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Level 62
Feb 1, 2019
This quiz has so many European countries. Probably because border crossing is easy and flights are cheap between them, especially from Germany and the UK
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Level 63
Nov 19, 2019
Europe is squished together compared to other continents with big countries. Not only is border crossing easy within the EU, it's usually a rather short trip and the train system is interconnected.
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Level 35
Apr 29, 2019
What do you mean loads of people aren't going on holiday to Somalia?!
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Level 33
May 12, 2019
With all due respect, it amazes and puzzles me that countries like Croatia, Hungary and The Netherlands get more tourists than Brazil, Peru or Australia.
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Level 67
Oct 26, 2019
Croatia, Hungary, and Netherlands are all part of mainland Europe, surrounded by countries in close proximity that have lots of people with enough money to travel, and can move easily between countries without needing a visa or plane ticket. Australia needs a plane ticket from anywhere (or I guess a boat, if you want to be whimsical). Brazil has half of the population of South America by itself, and the people of South America (very generally speaking) are less wealthy than the people of Europe. I can also tell you from having traveled through South America myself that it can be a pain. The Andes mountains make road travel a lot more cumbersome than it would otherwise be. There might be an international train system, but I don't recall it. The buses can be pretty good, but the rides are long. I've traveled across both Europe and South America (as a Yank), and it's definitely easier to get around Europe.
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Level 58
Apr 20, 2021
For a load of people doing geography quizzes, there are an awful lot of people who can't consider the geographic situation why some of the countries are near the top. The likes of Croatia and Hungary are small countries with lots of other countries very nearby - it's easy to get to them from most of Europe, in a continent that (pre-Covid) is stuffed full of casual travellers, where flights and train travel (and even river travel) is cheap and very convenient. Europe is small and has an excellent transport infrastructure; Peru and Australia are expensive to get to and do not have the numbers of possible travellers in the vicinity in the same way that Europe has.
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Level 49
Apr 13, 2022
Also they are relative cheap and beautiful countries:) Croatia has stunning a coastside with Mediterranean villages and Hungary has cities filled with historical buildings and hot springs that attracts many.
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Level 46
Mar 10, 2024
I guess you've never been to Croatia. The natural beauty is almost unrivaled. Only Montenegro , Turkey and Vietnam have such beauty and the republic of Georgia. I don't know why anyone would want to visit Australia. New Zealand is the draw Brazil has Iguazu but you can go to Argentina for that. If you have not seen the Dalmatian coast of Croatia, you missed a natural wonder. If natural beauty is the draw then the Dalmatian coast up through Montenegro and into the mountains of Montenegro STUNS as Turkey's Black Sea Coast stuns with it's mountains jutting into the exquisite sea. For me, New Zealand is on my list not Australia.
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Level 65
Jul 6, 2019
I couldn't guess the last one, not Brazil, not Argentina, but.......... HUNGARY?! Never thought that!
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Level 58
Dec 1, 2020
It's a small country with lots of other countries nearby - it's easy to get to from most of Europe, in a continent with lots of casual travellers, where flights and train travel (and ever river travel) is cheap and very convenient.
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Level 46
Mar 10, 2024
Budapest is GORGEOUS both architecturally and naturally due to being on the Danube. It is in my top 5 most beautiful cities of Europe. If you are an artist or appreciate art the sculptures ALL over Budapest are incredibly beautiful. The architecture marvels as well. I am not at all surprised by this list except for South Africa or other south African countries for safari being absent
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Level 65
Jul 6, 2019
And why Would you think Peru has more than the Netherlands, there's a LOT of tourists in Amsterdam
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Level 46
Mar 10, 2024
It's more naturally beautiful:the Andes. Netherlands is flat.
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Level 51
Sep 1, 2019
i am surprised that croatia is in the list
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Level 73
Sep 27, 2019
GoT and improving economy
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Level 67
Oct 26, 2019
Word is also getting out about its beautiful coastline. Lots of travelers I know want to go there now. It hits all the average travelers' desires: beautiful scenery, modern economy and culture, interesting history, and it seems more exotic than places like France and Italy, which, at least among the millennials I know, seem less interesting because people think they are known quantities (even though people who travel often know how silly that kind of thinking is).
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Level 63
Nov 19, 2019
A stay in Croatia is also cheaper than a stay in France or Italy while you get a lot of the mentioned shared qualities. I'm going there for the first time next year.
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Level 46
Mar 10, 2024
Hope you loved It. It's gorgeous!
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Level 46
Mar 10, 2024
I guess you've never been there. It is one of the most beautiful countries naturally in the world. I'm Irish from the US so no bias here. I am surprised you'd make that comment unless you've never been. That's probably the case.
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Level 46
Mar 10, 2024
I am surprised the Netherlands is on the list. It is so flat and has boring architecture.
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Level 46
Mar 10, 2024
It is one of The most naturally stunning countries in the world. Look up Dalmatian coast." It's a bucket list destination.
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Level 38
Sep 2, 2019
Forgot UAE And Croatia
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Level 72
Oct 26, 2019
So Saudi Arabia is off the list now. Since the hajj is still happening, I take it there was a methodology change for this quiz.
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Level 68
Oct 26, 2019
Used a SNL skit to help me get Thailand.....mmh hmm
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Level 28
Nov 11, 2019
😁
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Level 59
Mar 27, 2020
Ukraine is 25th right now x) I'm so glad we haven't lost too much visitors. Because many people think there's war everywhere in Ukraine but it's absolutely false. It's actually safe in all oblasts, except for Donetsk and Luhansk. So don't be scared to visit Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa, Dnipro and Lviv. These cities are so beautiful <3 Especially Kyiv and Lviv. I wish I could visit these cities, but coronavirus limited all my dreams :(

Greetings from Central Ukraine!

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Level 46
Mar 10, 2024
I am surprised Ukraine was on the list but I'm guessing Russians pass through on their way somewhere else
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Level 70
May 4, 2020
Hungary the best!
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Level 53
Jun 5, 2020
i forgot about netherlands and vietnam

gosh darn it vietnam....

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Level 51
Jun 22, 2020
I'm really surprised that Saudi Arabia didn't make the list there's something like 2.5 million Muslims making the hajj to Mecca every year. Similarly, how did Vatican City and Israel not make the list?
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Level 47
Jul 30, 2020
Got them all finally! Would be interesting to get a quiz for year 2020 only :)
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Level 46
Sep 13, 2020
Missed Croatia
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Level 34
Nov 26, 2020
France fixes the results unlike other countries https://youtu.be/Agz_RfEmWvs
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Level 62
Dec 29, 2020
wow im shocked no South American countries make the cut, that says a lot about our management
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Level 58
Jan 18, 2021
never have I been more embarrassed that I forgot Italy...
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Level 21
Apr 24, 2021
This quiz was not easy for me
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Level 21
Apr 24, 2021
I knew France was in the Eiffel Tower
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Level 21
Apr 24, 2021
France is populated in Paris
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Level 67
May 18, 2021
This is not just city trips. France has the most campings worldwide if I'm right and in the summer months these are packed but also in spring and autumn these are well visited. It is also a top country for wintersport.
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Level 28
Sep 11, 2021
croatia over sweden and ukraine? wow-
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Level 48
Oct 20, 2021
What's so shocking about it? Croatia is really beautiful and safe, I went there in 2014.
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Level 46
Mar 10, 2024
Definitely. Much more natural beauty.
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Level 72
May 12, 2022
2 sec left. UAE and Croatia stumped me.
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Level 31
May 18, 2022
I'm fairly surprised Egypt isn't on here.
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Level 43
Dec 25, 2022
You would think that Egypt would be on here with all the monuments and historic sites they have.
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Level 58
May 30, 2022
Honestly surprised Bahamas doesn't make the list. It's super close to the U.S. and specifically Florida, where a vast majority of the population is older retired folks with tons of money that love to vacation.
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Level 58
May 30, 2022
Honestly surprised Bahamas doesn't make the list. It's super close to the U.S. and specifically Florida, where a vast majority of the population is older retired folks with tons of money that love to vacation.
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Level 58
May 30, 2022
Honestly surprised Bahamas doesn't make the list. It's super close to the U.S. and specifically Florida, where a vast majority of the population is older retired folks with tons of money that love to vacation.
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Level 40
Jul 6, 2022
We got it after the first one.
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Level 40
Jul 6, 2022
Ahhh-so it's only tourists - 'cos if it wasn't UAE would be higher up, and Saudi Arabia would be there.
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Level 31
Jan 18, 2023
lmfao no joke, i forgot hungary, austria and croatia and i guessed them all with 1 second remaining. what are the odds! :D
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Level 59
Feb 20, 2023
I refuse to believe that Hungary receives more tourists than Australia.

????????????

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Level 83
Mar 30, 2023
So much easier and cheaper to get to and has far more direct neighbours
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Level 49
Jul 4, 2023
I've created a similar quiz!

Countries most dependent on tourism, Which countries receive the highest percentage of their GDP from tourism?

https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/1812094/countries-most-dependent-on-tourism

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Level 49
Sep 17, 2023
I was surprised that Austria and Croatia have more visitors that Australia or Ireland
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Level 69
Oct 25, 2023
More neighbours, probably.
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Level 46
Mar 10, 2024
Croatia is more naturally beautiful.
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Level 69
Oct 25, 2023
Croatia, Portugal and especially Austria are really pulling above their weight, impressive.
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Level 67
Nov 24, 2023
Anyone know why some SEA countries are more popular than others? Maybe visa requirements, or emigrants visiting family? Thailand, Malaysia, India, Vietnam, make the list. I would've expected to see Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, maybe Singapore.

Maybe it has something to do with English accessibility.

I would've expected South Korea too. Seems to be denser than Japan, just looking at a map. But maybe Japanese cities are more interesting, and you can only hit so many in one trip anyway.

I can imagine Indonesia may be too boring or undeveloped or Muslim. Pakistan/Bangladesh too poor for residents to travel; and unattractive to foreigners.

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Level 33
Apr 22, 2024
im guessing hajj doesnt count?? i expected saudi to be up there