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European countries with the largest number of international tourist arrivals in 2018

European countries with the largest number of international tourist arrivals in 2018 (in millions)*

by S. Lock, last edited Oct 8, 2019
European countries with the largest number of international tourist arrivals in 2018 This statistic shows the European countries with the largest number of international tourist arrivals in 2018. France was the European country with the most international tourist arrivals, the number amounting to 89.4 million in that year. Ranking second was Spain, with 82.77 million international tourist arrivals.
France - the most popular European travel destination

Europe is the worldwide leader in international tourism with over 670 million international tourist arrivals in 2017. Comparatively, there were only around 135 million international tourist arrivals in North America that year. Home to world-famous spots and host to notable international events, it comes to no surprise that France is the leading European travel destination for international tourists. The capital city, Paris, attracted over 14 million international sightseers in 2017, placing it second in a ranking of the leading European city destinations. The list was led by London, which welcomed almost 20 million international tourists in that year.

Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index

France and Spain, the two leading travel destination countries in Europe in terms of arrivals, are also leading in the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI), which measures factors and policies that make a country eligible for investments in the travel and tourism sector . France placed second with a TTCI score of 5.32 and Spain ranked first with a score of 5.43.
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European countries with the largest number of international tourist arrivals in 2018 (in millions)*

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