There has been a considerable increase in the global tourist outflow during the year 2018 as seen from the statistics for the above period. The growth in the number of tourists was 6.8 % and the total number of tourists during this year was a whooping 1.32 billion. This figure is 84 million higher than that of the previous year. This is positive news for the top tourist destinations around the world as they were fearing recession as a result of security challenges posed by natural disasters which occurred during the year 2018.
The increase in outbound tourist demand from Brazil, Russian Federation etc and the inbound growth of India as a tourist destination are some of the reasons that contributed to the tremendous growth of tourism in the international sector. The statistics for the year 2018 so far, shows that the growth of international tourists is still increasing in the present year also. It shows that there has been an increase of 6 % tourists during the period from January 2018 to March 2018 compared to the same periods for the previous year. Let us consider the first three countries which became the forerunners in this regard.
France: France has achieved an impeccable position among the popular tourist countries by attracting 86.9 million tourists in the year 2017 which is 8.1 million above its nearest rival Spain. Why France is so popular among tourists? Let us examine the matter briefly. The first and the most important attraction of France is its natural beauty. No country in this world can rival France in this regard. The French Riviera coastline, Loire Valley fields, the snow covered Alps etc are never ending fascination of the tourists of all ages as well as all countries. If you can snap some of these sceneries with your mobile camera, no doubt your followers on Instagram will become green with envy.
France is a country which has numerous stories of the rise and fall of empires and republics and bloody revolutions which are etched to the fabric of the country. The multitude of castles and the perfectly manicured gardens coupled with the sublime architecture from villages to capital etc. always keep France as the most fascinating country to the travel enthusiasts. Everybody accepts French cuisine as one of the best on earth. Paris, one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities of the world and the Eiffel Tower one of the seven wonders of the world are other important things that attract tourists to this country of fashions and varied cultures.
Spain: Spain is the country which boasts second position with regards to the number of tourists that visited a country during the year 2017. This country is famous for the image of its crowded beaches or the enjoying of the bullfight sipping sangria. It is famous for its cultural attractions including ancient monuments of the Romans, the castles in the interiors which were built during the medieval era, vibrant cities named Barcelona and Madrid. The diverse nature of the landscape like evergreen estuaries belonging to Galicia, the deserts of Almeria, mountain ranges of Sierra Nevada, and the glittering beaches along the costs etc are very much liked by the tourists who visits the country of Spain.
The Royal palace situated at Madrid which is the official residence occupied by the king of Spain, the vibrant event of running in front of bulls that are let free, La Concha beach which is considered as one of the best beaches of Europe, Aqueduct of Segovia, Cuenca which is a marvellous remains of a medieval city, the Sagrada Familia, a big church in Barcelona, Alhambra, which is partly forest, partly garden and partly palace and situated near the city of Granada on a plateau etc are some of the most prominent tourist attractions in the area.
United States of America: USA occupies the third position among the most visited tourist centres Over 76 million people visiting that country during the year 2017. Last year 29.5 million tourists visited Las Vegas Strip, followed by grand central terminal in the New York which was visited by 21. 6 million tourists. Third and fourth positions in this regard are occupied by magic kingdom of Disney Word followed by Disney Land Resort with 17.1 and 16.1 million visitors during that year.