Despite a sluggish economy, France pulled in 85 million visitors last year, making it the world’s top tourism draw yet again.
France kept its title as the world’s top tourist destination in 2013, drawing nearly 85 million visitors despite a lacklustre economic situation as Chinese interest intensified and North Americans surged back to the country.
With its Mediterranean beaches and snowy mountain ranges, rich architectural heritage and tourist attractions ranging from Versailles to Euro Disney, France grew even more popular last year, welcoming 2% more visitors than in 2012, according to data released by the Bank of France.
The country that’s famed for the iconic Eiffel Tower kept its top ranking ahead of the US, which drew 69.8 million visitors, and Spain, with 60.7 million. Indeed, the number tourists flocking to France outnumber the population of any European country, including France itself.