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The countries where tourist numbers dwarf residents

Also, where Aussies fit among the world's biggest travellers

They won’t feature on any lists of the world’s most visited nations, but when it comes tourism, these countries have a special distinction. 


As well as being pretty amazing and unique, these destinations have the highest ratios of tourists per resident, a new study has found.


Turks & Caicos


Conducted by travel insurer Get Going, the study revealed that the country in which visitors most outnumber locals is the small principality of Andorra


Straddling the borders of Spain and France high in the Pyrenees, Andorra has a tourist to resident ration of 39 to 1 (3 million travellers to 77,000 citizens). 


This means, at least theoretically, that you’re nearly 40 times more likely to run into another tourist here than with a local. 


Second on the list is Macao, which from its spot on the coast of southern China, welcomes 27 visitors for every resident (17.3 million travellers to 632,000 citizens). 


The rest of the top ten nations on the list, with the exception of European principality Monaco (10th, 1:9), are all tropical paradises, including the North Mariana Islands, Turks & Caicos, British Virgin Islands, Aruba, St. Maarten, Guam and the Cook Islands. 


Have you been to any of these countries? What was your experience like? 


As well as looking at countries with a large resident to tourist ratio, the study analyzed at the world’s top travelling nations (per total spend and air miles per capita) and where they travel. 


With the world’s largest population, China spends by far the most on tourism (US$257.7 billion), followed by the US (US$135b) and Germany ($89.1b). 


Given its small population, Australia punches well above its weight in expenditure, with Aussie travellers forking out US$34.2 billion (AU$48b+) in total in 2017. 


Even more impressively, Australia finished second only behind Canada in terms of air miles travelled, at 573 miles (922kms) per person. 


“Travel around the world seems easier than it ever has been, and more and more nations seem to be holidaying further afield than in years gone by,” Get Going spokesperson Josh Hancock said. 


“The research is a good way to look at where money is being spent and who is benefitting from it.”


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 19 March 2019

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