Top 25 tourist destinations for 2018

Written by Staff Writer at CNN Don’t hold your breath for an influx of people coming to the United States: the US is still not on the list of the top 25 countries of…

Top 25 tourist destinations for 2018

Written by Staff Writer at CNN

Don’t hold your breath for an influx of people coming to the United States: the US is still not on the list of the top 25 countries of 2018 for international tourists, down from 25th place in 2017, according to new research from Visa Inc.

The Irish Independent analysed a data set from Visa, and came up with the ranking of the top 25 tourist destinations for 2018, based on data from the US Census Bureau. Irish tourists led the way, with a number of UK cities in second place and Germany coming in at number three.

The United States ranked last among the top 25 tourist destinations for 2018. Credit: Courtesy Martin Hall/Visa

The United States took the number 24 spot, though its dramatic fall in popularity this year is partly explained by the slowdown in the number of tourists traveling to the country after the departure of a significant number of US citizens from the EU following the implementation of the Trump administration’s travel ban earlier this year.

Visa said the US fell four spots this year, despite attracting almost 21 million tourists from around the world in 2017. Visa attributed this decline to the fact that ‘international arrivals from the United States have stabilized over the past 12 months but have not increased as the European and Canadian markets have.

According to Visa’s analysis, Ireland’s popularity continues to rise , increasing by 16% year-on-year.

The data show that the Caribbean saw the greatest increase in tourist visitors, with up to 6.4 million visitors a year estimated for the next two years.

This rise is a result of the loonie strengthening against other currencies, as well as the continued recovering of tourism levels in Cuba, where the number of visitors increased by over 7.5% this year.

British and Irish citizens aren’t the only groups flocking to Ireland, with Croatians and Australians also making a name for themselves on the Emerald Isle.

Spain and Mexico saw the largest declines in tourist visitors over the past 12 months. The statistics were broken down into nine other categories, including the largest numbers of travelers who checked in to hotels, eat out and shop — signifying the broad growth in tourism numbers for 2018 across the world.

These groups are spread out across the globe, and represent the places that could see the biggest influx of tourists over the next year.

The top five countries of 2018

1. Republic of Ireland – 21,220,666 visitors

2. Republic of Ireland – 17,799,119 visitors

3. Republic of Ireland – 13,631,782 visitors

4. Netherlands – 11,362,974 visitors

5. Portugal – 11,346,058 visitors

The table shows the main categories in which more than one million tourists are estimated to visit in the next two years. Credit: Courtesy of Visa

1. Republic of Ireland – 21,220,666 visitors

2. Republic of Ireland – 17,799,119 visitors

3. Republic of Ireland – 13,631,782 visitors

4. Netherlands – 11,362,974 visitors

5. Portugal – 11,346,058 visitors

The top five countries where the number of tourists is projected to increase year-on-year. Credit: Courtesy of Visa

1. Republic of Ireland – 21,220,666 visitors

2. Netherlands – 11,362,974 visitors

3. Republic of Ireland – 13,631,782 visitors

4. Portugal – 11,346,058 visitors

5. Spain – 9,042,156 visitors

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