CAN FRANCE BECOME AGAIN THE MOST-VISITED COUNTRY BY 2025?
France could become again the most-visited country by the year 2025, as evidenced by a new report from GlobalData Plc.
Research from the data analytics company predicts that the country will have 93.7 million international visitors by the year 2025, putting it above Spain, which apparently became the most-visited country in 2021.
The last time France was the most-visited country in the world was in 2019, when 88.1 million people were reported as travelling to the European destination. After the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic, Spain became the most popular country in the world, with 26.3 million visitors recorded in 2021.
Now, with reportedly 66.6 million international visitors in France in 2022, the country is expected to have an annual compound growth rate of 12.1% from 2022 to 2025. As for Spain, there is an expected compound annual growth rate of 12.2%, bringing the country’s visitor count to 89.5 million by 2025.
“Alongside Italy and Spain, France represents a significant segment of the growth in Western Europe,” commented Hannah Free, Travel & Tourism Analyst at GlobalData.
“The country is not only popular with travellers from Europe itself—especially the UK, Germany and Belgium—but it is also popular with visitors from further afield, including China and the United States. In fact, France is one of the top Western European destinations for US travellers.”
The report from GlobalData Plc notes that France’s transport is one reason why the destination is so popular, as well as the country’s festivals, culture and gastronomy. The country’s diverse landscape and coastline were also cited as key reasons why tourists enjoy travelling to the country so much.