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Outnumbering the Locals

For many, it may not come as a surprise to learn that France remains to be the most visited country in the entire world. France offers a variety of delights for all types of travellers; whether you're seeking romance in Paris, adventure on the slopes, alongside great food and wine! 

Paris may be a popular destination, but what happens if you take the total amount of visitors per country and compare them to the amount of permanent residents? A completely different set of results!

When looking at tourists as a percentage of the population, there's one that stands out above the rest. Holding a total population of around 800 people, Vatican City is the smallest independent state in the world and with the Vatican Museums alone reaching nearly 5 and a half million visitors, we think that's pretty impressive!

Coming second place was Andorra with a total of 2.2 million visitors in 2012 with just a population of 80,000 (it's really small!) Despite its size Andorra's popularity can be linked to its low import duties on consumer goods, making it a fantastic shopping destination. Combine this with a range of cheap ski holidays, the total number of tourists is a whopping 2805% of the whole country population!

So where does the UK fit in to the scale? London may be considered as a rival with Paris as a destination hotspot, however there is quite a significant gap. In 2012, the UK received 0.46 tourists per head, whereas Paris received 1.26 - Vive la France!

Other destinations that have a high ratio of tourists include Iceland, Estonia, Austria, Cyprus, Croatia and The Bahamas. So if you're planning a trip abroad to one of these places, it may be busier depending on the time of year you are travelling. Ensure that you research your destination before you travel, as many find that it is easier to plan a rough itinerary at home and look for the best prices (as some things may be inflated for tourists!)

Having a good level of travel insurance cover is essential wherever you plan to go in the world - choosing a policy is easy with Alpha. We don't believe in reducing elements of cover, just choose your policy and then your excess - it's simple and straightforward! Simply visit our travel insurance pages for more information.

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