Egypt is the fastest growing tourist destination, but France receives the largest number of visitors

Egypt is the fastest growing tourist destination with a 55.1 percent increase in the number of tourists in 2017. Pictured is the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh.

Egypt is the fastest growing tourist destination and France is the most visited country, according to new UN figures.

The number of visitors to Egypt rose 55.1 percent to 8.6 million in 2017, a big change.

The number of foreign tourists in Egypt increased from 14.7 million in 2010 to 5.2 million in 2016 after the suspension of flights following the demolition of a Russian charter plane and the turmoil that followed the uprising that overthrew former President Hosni Mubarak

Egypt is the fastest growing tourist destination with a 55.1 percent increase in the number of tourists in 2017. Pictured is the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh.

Egypt is the fastest growing tourist destination with a 55.1 percent increase in the number of tourists in 2017. Pictured is the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh.

France maintained its No1 2016 ranking in the most visited list with 86.9 million visitors, surpassing Spain in second place (81.8 million) and the United States in third place (75.9 million).

The figures were published by the World Tourism Organization of the United Nations in its annual tourism highlight report.

Egypt attracts tourists such as Giza and Luxor, who come to discover the great pyramids and the Sphinx.

Meanwhile, the resorts around the Red Sea attract visitors looking for a beach vacation and offer spectacular diving.

The second fastest growing destination is the African country of Togo, which registered an increase of 46.7 percent in visitors.

Here, visitors can enjoy the palm-fringed beaches on the Atlantic coast, as well as the lush forests further north.

The second fastest growing destination is the African country of Togo, in the photo, which saw an increase of 46.7 percent in visitors

The second fastest growing destination is the African country of Togo, in the photo, which saw an increase of 46.7 percent in visitors

The second fastest growing destination is the African country of Togo, in the photo, which saw an increase of 46.7 percent in visitors

The fourth fastest growing destination is Palestine. A popular attraction there is the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, pictured

The fourth fastest growing destination is Palestine. A popular attraction there is the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, pictured

The fourth fastest growing destination is Palestine. A popular attraction there is the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, pictured

An increase of 29.1 percent in visitors considers Vietnam, known for its beautiful beaches and rivers, named the third fastest growing destination.

While in fourth place is Palestine, which saw a 25.7 percent increase in tourists in 2017.

Tourists travel to Palestine to visit the holy site of Bethlehem, which houses the Church of the Nativity, as well as the Mar Saba Monastery and the Omar Mosque.

The small island of Niue, in the South Pacific, was completed by the top five fastest growing tourist destinations, and the number of tourists increased by 25.7% in 2017.

Other places that experienced large increases in the number of tourists were Nepal (24.9%, 6th), Israel (24.6%, 7th), the Northern Mariana Islands in the Pacific Ocean (24.3%, 8th), as well as Turkey and Iceland (both 24.1 percent, tied in ninth).

The most visited country in the world is France, which attracted a total of 86.9 million visitors in 2017

The most visited country in the world is France, which attracted a total of 86.9 million visitors in 2017

The most visited country in the world is France, which attracted a total of 86.9 million visitors in 2017

In the list of most visited countries, China ranks fourth with 60.7 million visitors in 2017 and then Italy, which received 58.3 million people.

In sixth place is Mexico with 39.3 million visitors, followed by the United Kingdom with 37.7 million visitors in 2017.

Other countries in the ten most visited destinations are Turkey (37.6 million, 8th), Germany (37.5 million, 9th) and Thailand (35.4 million, 10th).

THE MOST VISITED AND FASTEST TOURIST DESTINATIONS OF THE WORLD

The fastest growing tourist destinations

1. Egypt – 55.1%

2. Togo: 46.7%

3. Vietnam: 29.1%

4. Palestine: 25.7%

5. Niue: 25.4%

6. Nepal – 24.9%

7. Israel – 24.6%

8. Northern Mariana Islands – 24.3%

9 = Turkey (draw) – 24.1%

9 = Iceland (draw) – 24.1%

The most visited countries in the world

1. France – 86.9million

2. Spain – 81.8 million

3. EE. US: 75.9 million

4. China – 60.7 million

5. Italy – 58.3 million

6. Mexico – 39.3 million

7. U.K. – 37.7million

8. Turkey – 37.6 million

9. Germany – 37.5 million

10. Thailand: 35.4 million

Source: United Nations World Tourism Organization

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