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20 Most Popular Countries as Tourist Destinations

The Twenty Most Popular Countries for International Tourists

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Tourists at the Eiffel Tower in France

A young couple photographs themselves in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. France is the most popular country on Earth for international tourist visitors.

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The following is a listing of the twenty most popular countries as destinations for international travelers. This 2011 data of the most popular tourist countries comes from the United Nations World Tourism Organization. Following each tourist destination country is the number of international tourist arrivals for 2011.

1. France - 79,500,000

2. United States - 62,300,000

3. China - 57,600,000

4. Spain - 56,700,000

5. Italy - 46,100,000

6. Turkey - 29,300,000

7. United Kingdom - 29,200,000

8. Germany - 28,400,000

9. Malaysia - 24,700,000

10. Mexico - 23,400,000**

11. Austria - 23,000,000

12. Russia - 22,700,000

13. Ukraine - 21,400,000

14. Thailand - 19,100,000

15. Saudi Arabia - 17,500,000*

16. Greece - 16,400,000

17. Canada - 16,000,000**

18. Poland - 13,400,000

19. Netherlands - 11,300,000

20. Singapore - 10,400,000

* Approximately 1.8 million of the visitors to Saudi Arabia in 2011 were pilgrims on Hajj.

** Much of Mexico and Canada's total can be attributed to residents of the United States visiting neighboring countries.

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