France set to be world’s most visited country by 2025

France held the title of the most visited country in the world before the COVID-19 pandemic, welcoming 88.1 million visitors in 2019

France is set to cement itself as the most visited country in the world, with an estimated 93.7 million international travelers to the country by 2025.

The forecast of travel industry analysts puts the country ahead of its rival, Spain, which has overtaken France in 2021.

According to the latest report, France held the title of the most visited country in the world before the COVID-19 pandemic, welcoming 88.1 million visitors in 2019.

However, it was taken over by Spain in 2021.

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After attracting 66.6 million international visitors in 2022, France is now set to reclaim the title, with the number of international arrivals expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.1% between 2022 and 2025 .

In addition to Italy and Spain, France represents a significant segment of growth in Western Europe.

The country is not only popular with travelers from Europe itself – particularly the UK, Germany and Belgium – but it is also popular with visitors from further afield, including China and the US.

In fact, France is one of the top Western European destinations for US travelers.

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Spain received 26.3 million visitors in 2021, overtaking France to become the most visited Western European destination.

By 2025, Spain is expected to attract 89.5 million international visitors (CAGR of 12.2% between 2022 and 2025).

Visits from France to Spain will remain strong in the coming years, with festivals, culture and gastronomy a major draw for tourists.

Both countries have a lot to offer visitors, with their own unique cultures, cuisines, and atmospheres.

Both countries are also relatively large, with a diverse and varied landscape, and each country has its own unique coastline.

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One of the great advantages of France is its transport. Travel between major cities in France and Spain is relatively easy, with high-speed trains connecting most major cities.

One key transport project in Western Europe is the Ultra Rapid Train Line planned by the European Commission to improve connectivity between Lisbon in Portugal and Helsinki in Finland.

The program involves the construction of an 8,000 km double-track high-speed rail network between Lisbon and Helsinki with a loop around the Baltic Sea.

The railway line will pass through Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland and Finland.


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