There are many people all over the world who make it a point to save some amount of money so they can go on vacations during their holiday breaks. Because of the cultural diversity, natural wonders and beauties and deep-seated history that they can find in a great number of places across the globe, these people do not mind spending their hard-earned money on these holiday trips. Based on data presented by the World Tourism Organization, here are the top 10 countries worldwide that tourists visit.In 2007, the top 10 travel destinations of the world were led by France with almost 82 million tourists from across the globe. The country, for many years now, has kept its top spot position, surging ahead of Spain, which has been in the number two spot for a number of years. This is probably because France provides great diversity and beauty in their tourism offerings. The include heritage-rich cities like Paris, coastlines and mountain ranges along the Mediterranean Sea and in Brittany, vineyards as well as castles like Versailles. The tourist spots of France that are easily identified with are the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe and the museums Musee d’Orsay and Louvre.As the second country among the top 10 travel destinations in the world, Spain also has its own charms that are not far behind from France. In fact, there are even a great number of people who might prefer this country among all the other tourist destinations in the whole world. In 2007, there were nearly 60 million tourists from all over the world who visited Spain, which is very popular as a summer holiday destination among Germans, Scandinavians, the French and the English people. The mild whole year climate of the country and its beautiful sandy beaches are among the major tourist-drawers of Spain. In fact, the northern and southern coasts of the country are perfect for summer vacations.Of course, when it comes to tourism, the United States is really not that far behind in the list of the top 10 travel destinations, as it has always held the number three spot. The tourist attractions of the US include its festivals, museums, restaurants, sports, landmarks, historical buildings, gambling, amusement parks, galleries and outdoor recreations, among others. San Francisco with its Golden Gate Bridge, New York City with its Statue of Liberty, Chicago with its skyscrapers and Washington D.C. being the home of the White House are among the major cities that draw in the tourists to the U.S.France, Spain and the U.S. share the acclaim of being among the top three tourist destinations across the globe. The remainder of the top ten are as follows: China, Italy, United Kingdom, Mexico, Germany, Turkey and Austria.
The idea is not to say that tourism in typical European cities or in the US and Canada is decreasing, because of course it isn’t really. But if we take a comparative study of the evolution of tourism during the recent years we may see that the touristic growth of these typical places compared to the one related with more exotic ones is pretty low. Everything indicates that the best travel destinations are about to change soon.If we take a broader look at the world, we can discover that a recent trend for countries that are on the way to develop have found that tourism is a great way to create some income to finance their projects. Sure, the strategy is not wrong in the first approach. If we don’t have the money, we bring it from the outside. This should work and in fact it does work, but not everything is written in pink. There’s also black there, and very black. They’ve become the best travel destinations but they’ll have a high price to pay because of that.What is happening is that in the hurry to develop great touristic attractive locations and funding publicity campaigns the money is not going where it should be. In the end, and going a bit to the extreme situation, the result is that conditions on the living standards of people in the country keep being the same while tourists are enjoying an amazing lifestyle, even with low prices compared to their home countries. And this is what is happening with some of the best touristic destinations such as Brazil, India, China, Turkey, Venezuela or Thailand, together with an increase of tourism in countries in Eastern Europe.And from my point of view what is happening is simply because governments are failing in the approach they give to tourism. In my opinion, tourism does not need to mean luxury hotels and big resorts with expensive personnel or great museums and exhibitions. Many of these countries have the beauty in the sights, in the history you can feel in the streets of their towns and cities, in nature. Taking the example of some African countries, I consider absolutely wrong to build up 5 star hotels in the middle of the jungle. They simply don’t fit. Instead, they should try to take a more cultural approach and build buildings that do fit with the local style, that have some meaning related to the region, taking advantage of the exotic taste tourists could get.Tourism should be cultural immersion and in the way it is being done nowadays it fails completely with it’s original purpose. In other words, if you want a luxury hotel, keep visiting Paris, but please don’t go down to Kenya. Unfortunately, if you go down to Kenya you will find the same luxury hotel. Furthermore, it seems that nowadays in order to be one of the best travel destinations you need to have a 5 star hotel standing there. Which is the idea of great vacations that people have?On the other hand, I don’t want to seem a person who is against high quality hotels. Don’t take me wrong. I simply think that everything should be in place and respecting the area and culture where it is placed. A 5 star hotel fits perfectly in the cozy area of central Paris, and this is not something I will discuss. It simply fits, and I personally would take it if traveling there, using any of the free travel certificates that are available on the net in certain places. Which ones, you say?