Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
08 April 2014 09:12
France tops a world map for the most tourists visiting a country annually
France has been named as the most popular holiday destination in the world with more than 81 million visitors each year.
The United States is second in terms of popularity, according to a new map created by Movehub, followed by China in third.
From eating lunch in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower in Paris to hitting the slopes on the Alps, there is certainly no shortage of things to do in France.
The country is wonderfully diverse and has an extensive range of world-class art and iconic landmarks to soak up, not to mention an unrivalled array of dining experiences to tickle the taste buds.
Pont du Gard, a Unesco World Heritage Site near Nîmes in southern France, the D-Day beaches of northern Normandy, and the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris are just some of the many attractions on offer to holidaymakers.
France receives nearly 20 million more visitors than the United States annually, despite the fact it is 15 times smaller.
China receives 58 million visitors each year, followed by Spain with 57 million and Italy with 46 million.
Turkey is sixth, welcoming 34 million people, one place ahead of the UK, which attracts 29 million visitors.
Germany, Russia and Greece complete the top 10 most popular countries in the world.
Britons heading overseas on holiday should make sure they cover themselves with
travel insurance, just in case the worst happens while they're away.
Other notable entries in the top 20 include Mexico in 11th position, with its Caribbean beaches and tequila attracting 23 million visitors annually, and Hong Kong in 13th position, with more than 22 million visitors.
Thailand, a favourite among Brits for winter sun escapes, came 15th with 19 million tourists touching down in the Asian country each year.
27 April 2017
The port city of Liverpool is to be the starting point of the biggest round the world ocean race.
26 April 2017
Nearly three-quarters of patients diagnosed with cancer in A&E had previously seen their GP with related symptoms, according to research.
25 April 2017
Researchers recently suggested cycling could reduce the risk of cancer - and now a campaign has launched urging people to get on two wheels.
22 April 2017
The flag for Britain will be flown on a global scale at the forthcoming Clipper Round the World Race.
21 April 2017
Want to lower your risk of suffering cancer or heart disease? Then get on your bike.
20 April 2017
Researchers have made a significant breakthrough in understanding the way in which breast cancer grows and spreads.
19 April 2017
Budget airline easyJet has apologised over an incident in which two passengers were ordered to leave an overbooked flight.
14 April 2017
Holidays have topped the priority lists of people approaching retirement, with close to two thirds (64%) aiming to go on more trips once they leave the world of work behind.
13 April 2017
A major bank has outlined plans to become more "dementia-friendly".
12 April 2017
Restrictions should be put in place to curb the drinking of alcohol before early-morning flights, a House of Lords committee has suggested.
11 April 2017
Drivers heading to airports and ferry ports this bank holiday weekend have been told to expect heavy traffic.
People who are beginning to notice signs of grey hair have more to worry about than their image.