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France 'most popular for holidays'

08 April 2014 09:12

France tops a world map for the most tourists visiting a country annually

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.