Top 25 Travel Destinations – 2018
The chart below presents the world’s top 25 travel destinations in 2018 according to data from the UNWTO. Hovering over the countries, you will be able to see how the top 25 countries rank as well as the total number (millions) of inbound tourism trips these countries received.
France, Spain and the United States top the list, receiving a total of 252 million inbound tourism trips between them in 2018. In total, the top 25 travel destinations in 2018 received almost 1 Billion inbound tourism trips!
Source: UNWTO, 2019
Certified Sustainable Hotels & Resorts for each of the Top 25 Travel Destinations
Thinking about your last international trip:
- How did you get there?
- Where was the food that you ate sourced from?
- What electricity sources were used to power the lights in your room?
- What happened to all the waste that was created?
When you start to breakdown an individual trip then multiply by the number of trips made, the scale and impact of tourism starts to become clear. This realisation is what drives The Green Wall to promote sustainable tourism.
Choosing accommodation that has been certified by an eco-label means that your are supporting a hotel or resort that has taken positive action towards sustainable management; social/economic impacts; cultural impacts and environment impacts of their operations.
For each of the top 25 travel destinations, we have found a hotel or resort that has been certified by a leading eco-label that adheres to the Global Sustainable Tourism Councils guidelines.
1st – France with 89M Inbound Tourism Trips
The Peninsula Paris is situated just steps from the Arc de Triomphe, in the heart of Paris within walking distance of some of the world’s most famous monuments, museums and luxury shopping districts. The iconic Haussmanian building houses 200 luxurious rooms, including 34 suites, which are among the most spectacular in the city.
The Peninsula Paris is EarthCheck Certified through EarthCheck’s certification program and has achieved Certified Silver.
2nd – Spain with 83M Inbound Tourism Trips
Only four kilometers from the heart of Guia De Isora, Gran Melia Palacio de Isora Resort & Spa offers unforgettable experiences and magical moments. Designed as a palace, the hotel offers 591 fully furnished rooms. Dine at one of the five restaurants, which are diverse and varied. Guests can also relax at the Areia Bach Bar, which provides a magnificent view of the ocean, with your favorite frozen drinks, cocktails, and snacks. There are six bars for guests to choose from. Take pleasure in the list of activities that include sailing, fishing, and scuba diving. Sweat away at the health club with yoga classes or at the gym. End your night with an entertainment show at the Atlas Theater and Club Ocean Terrace. Gran Melia Palacio de Isora Resort & Spa is a perfect place for guest looking for a memorable experience.
Gran Melia Palacio de Isora is EarthCheck Certified through EarthCheck’s certification program and has achieved Certified Gold.
3rd – United States with 80M Inbound Tourism Trips
For travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of New York (NY), The Pierre A Taj Hotel is the perfect choice. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. Also within easy reach are Scholars’ Gate, A La Vieille Russie, Steuben.
The Pierre is EarthCheck Certified through EarthCheck’s certification program and has achieved Certified Gold.
4th: China with 63M Inbound Tourism Trips
The pulse radiating from Lijiang resonates a symphony full of soul, peace, and ethnic harmony. To the north of this beautiful city is the majestic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, a sacred sanctuary which has protected the ethnic minorities and their unique cultures since ancient times. Another splendor is the Old Town of Lijiang, regarded as the Venice of the Orient because of the many bridges and canals that lace through the maze of cobbled streets. This historic town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 for its multi-ethnic charm, historical milieu, and architectural landscape.
Banyan Tree Lijiang’s luxurious villas reflect the rich fabric of this locale through their design and furnishings. For souvenirs, visit the inimitable Banyan Tree Gallery and bring home exclusive handicrafts – each traditional memento has a story to tell about the misty hamlet of Lijiang. To proceed with your reservation at Banyan Tree Lijiang, simply enter your dates of stay and submit.
Banyan Tree Lijiang is EarthCheck Certified through EarthCheck’s certification program and has achieved Certified Gold.
5th: Italy with 62M Inbound Tourism Trips
Situated in Porta Venezia, Sheraton Diana Majestic Milan is the perfect place to experience Milan and its surroundings. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. Visitors to the hotel can take pleasure in touring the city’s top attractions: Casa Galimberti e casa Guazzoni, Albergo Diurno Venezia, Porta Venezia.
Sheraton Diana Majestic Milan is a certified member through Green Key.
6th: Turkey with 46M Inbound Tourism Trips
Renovated in 2010, Ortunc Hotel Cunda Island guarantees guests a pleasant stay whether in Ayvalik for business or pleasure. Set 4 KM from the excitement of the city, this 5-star property commands an excellent location and provides access to the city’s biggest attractions. With its convenient location, the property offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.
ORTUNC OTEL is a certified member through Green Key.
7th: Mexico with 41M Inbound Tourism Trips
This luxury AAA Five Diamond Award winner resort in the Riviera Maya is made up of a series of low-rise buildings connected by waterways. It is surrounded by a lush tropical forest and offers wonderful sea views. Fairmont Mayakoba’s 20,000 square foot Willow Stream Spa offers treetop treatment areas and a range of beauty and massage treatments based on the region’s local tradition and flora.
Fairmont Mayakoba is certified by NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Certification ‐ Rainforest Alliance Certified™ and has achieved a global score of 98.32% on its latest audit process.
8th: Germany with 39M Inbound Tourism Trips
The hotel, a prestigious building from the 1920’s, has 136 individually-styled rooms and is located right by the world-famous kurfrstendamm. The Hotel Zoo is located in the liveliest areas of Berlin, next to the kurfrstendamm, where guests will find many exciting nightclubs, exclusive fashion boutiques, restaurants and theaters. It is also a short walking distance from the Zoologischer Garten railway station.
Hotel Zoo Berlin is a Certified member through the Green Globe Standard for Travel & Tourism and has achieved a score of 78.
9th: Thailand with 38M Inbound Tourism Trips
Come into a universe where water meets sky and cascading terraces are fringed with hill coves and an unparalleled view of the Gulf of Thailand. Swim within a blissful haven in Koh Samui. Surrounded by waters that invite, entice and serenade, Banyan Tree Samui is infused with a timeless air of delicious mystery. Overlooking the scenic Lamai Bay, this Samui luxury resort, featuring elevated structures designed to reflect traditional Thai architecture, is nestled in a series of cascading terraces on a private hill cove in the southeastern coast of Koh Samui. Retreat from the dizzying pace of modernity into secluded haven where the hours melt into each other gently and peace is within your touch at all times.
Banyan Tree Samui is EarthCheck Certified through EarthCheck’s certification program and has achieved Certified Gold.
10th: United Kingdom with 36M Inbound Tourism Trips
Opened in 1865, this remarkable property was Europe’s first grand hotel. With the very best in service, the long established hotel is located on Regent Street, one of London’s prime locations. Its famous halls have been graced by the likes of Napoleon and Lady Di as the 5-star is one of London’s most iconic hotels for nearly one and a half centuries. Inside, things are modern, featuring renovated interiors with a deluxe ambience. Within walking distance, guests with theater tickets will be impressed by the hotel’s West End location, while shoppers will find Oxford Street just a few minutes’ walk down the road. A welcoming place, full of history, The Langham London Hotel is sure a great choice when travelling to London.
The Langham London is EarthCheck Certified through EarthCheck’s certification program and has achieved Certified Gold.
11th: Japan with 31M Inbound Tourism Trips
Ideal for fun and relaxation, Myojinkan Ryokan is located in the Matsumoto area of Nagano. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.
Myojinkan is a certified member through Green Key.
12th: Austria with 31M Inbound Tourism Trips
Located in the lovely area of 01. Innere Stadt, Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna enjoys a commanding position in the sightseeing, shopping, culture hub of Vienna. Situated only 0.6 Km from the city center, guests are well located to enjoy the town’s attractions and activities. With the city’s main attractions such as Hohe Brucke Wien, St. Mary’s on the Bank (Maria Am Gestade), Cityrama within close reach, visitors to the hotel will just love its location.
Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna is EarthCheck Certified through EarthCheck’s certification program and has achieved Certified Silver.
13th: Greece with 30M Inbound Tourism Trips
Offering 2 restaurants and a spa with indoor pool, Blue Sea Beach Hotel is a 5-star beachfront resort located in the famous resort of Stalis. Rooms have furnished balconies with views of the sea or the property’s exotic gardens. The air-conditioned guest rooms are equipped with a satellite TV and a fridge. All guests are greeted with complimentary bottle of wine, fruit and water.
SENTIDO Blue Sea Beach is a Certified member through Travelife’s accommodation sustainability programme and has achieved GOLD status.
14th: Hong Kong with 29M Inbound Tourism Trips
This hotel is one of the world’s finest, boasting a great location in “old” Hong Kong, where shopping opportunities are endless.
With a British pedigree dating back to 1865, the hotel is sprinkled with 1,700 Chinese art pieces. The 495 elegant rooms are painted with earth tone palettes and feature separate showers, plunge baths, and pillow menus where guests can choose from various fills, firmness, and scents.
The Langham Hong Kong Hotel houses some of the finest designer boutiques such as Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, and Prada, as well as a Harbor Mall with a whopping 600 shops to satisfy all the shopaholics out there. The Club Lounge is worth the small fee, offering hot and cold drinks, cocktails, wines, beer, nibbles, and mini-desserts 24 hours a day.
The Langham, Hong Kong is EarthCheck Certified through EarthCheck’s certification program and has achieved Certified Gold.
15th: Malaysia with 26M Inbound Tourism Trips
Ideally sitting amidst a tropical jungle, this harmonious and peaceful property is a great escape. A sanctuary indeed, The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat offers wellness, longevity, rejuvenation, and detox treatments. Guests can visit the panoramic cliffs surrounding the property, magnificent waterfalls, take a dip in a private Balinese pool, or even take a walk to explore this amazing property.
The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat boasts 45 spacious, luxurious villas that are secluded in gardens, while some rest on the water, and most feature spacious balconies that overlook the water canal. Simply a magical and fascinating resort, guests will definitely be at peace during their stay at The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat.
The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is a Certified member through the Green Globe Standard for Travel & Tourism and has achieved a score of 75.
16th: Russia with 25M Inbound Tourism Trips
Built in 2013, Romanov Les is a distinct addition to Kostoma and a smart choice for travelers. From here, guests can make the most of all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the property offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.
Ecohotel “Romanov Les” is a certified member through Green Key.
17th: Portugal with 23M Inbound Tourism Trips
Surrounded by gardens and overlooking Ilhas Desertas and the Ponta de S. Lourenço, the Four Views Oasis is only 5 miles from Madeira Airport. It has a large seawater pool and features air-conditioned guest rooms with balconies. Rooms at the Four Views Oasis have modern wood furnishings and a sitting area with cable TV. They come with tea-and coffee-making facilities and a minibar. Some rooms offer panoramic sea views. In the morning the Restaurant Aquamarina offers a buffet breakfast.
Four Views Oasis is a Certified member through Travelife’s accommodation sustainability programme and has achieved GOLD status and is also a certified member through Green Key.
18th: Canada with 21M Inbound Tourism Trips
Ideal for fun and relaxation, Chelsea Hotel Toronto is located in the Downtown Toronto area of Toronto (ON). From here, guests can make the most of all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the property offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.
Chelsea Hotel, Toronto is EarthCheck Certified through EarthCheck’s certification program and has achieved Certified Silver.
19th: Poland with 20M Inbound Tourism Trips
Located in the Island of Granaries area, Radisson Hotel & Suites, Gdansk is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Gdansk. From here, guests can make the most of all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the property offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.
Radisson Hotel & Suites is a certified member through Green Key.
20th: Netherlands with 19M Inbound Tourism Trips
Set in a monumental building on the banks of the Amstel River, Intercontinental Amstel has a fine dining restaurant with a terrace. It features a health club including an indoor pool with iconic views over the river. The tasteful rooms and (signature) suites at Intercontinental Amstel offer panoramic views over the city and the river. They combine classic decorations with modern facilities such as flat-screen satellite TV and an iPod docking station. The concierges will give guests a warm welcome from the antique reception desk.
InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam is a Certified – GOLD member through the Green Globe Standard for Travel & Tourism and has achieved a score of 76.
21st: Macao with 19M Inbound Tourism Trips
This luxurious venue is the very first high-rise urban resort in Macau and offers an extensive list of leisure facilities and accommodations. Being in the vibrant Cotai City, the resort is merely minutes away from the Macau International Airport, Taipa Ferry Terminal, and Macau Heliport.
Banyan Tree Macau is well known as a sanctuary for the senses for visitors to Asia’s premier entertainment and gaming destination. Unique features of this property are their private indoor Relaxation Pools within each suites and the full-sized resort villas set with a private swimming pool that lies within the hotel’s very own garden. With such accommodations and services, Banyan Tree Macau will guarantee you an enjoyable trip in Macau.
Banyan Tree Macau is EarthCheck Certified through EarthCheck’s certification program and has achieved Certified Silver.
22nd: India with 17M Inbound Tourism Trips
For nearly two centuries, the Rambagh Palace was home to generations of royals. Deservedly known as the Jewel Of Jaipur, this magnificent royal palace was later converted to an elegant hotel and has since been taken over by the prestigious Raj Hotel Group.
Today, the Taj Rambagh Palace is one of India’s finest hotels, offering absolute 5-star service and facilities. The marbled hallways and extravagant accommodation gives guests a taste of the how it was to be part of the Maharaja elite in times long gone. Come dinner time, enjoy the finest Indian cuisine in the dining hall of the palace, known as Suvarna Mahal, or for a less formal, al-fresco dining experience, retire to The Verandah for contemporary Western and Indian snacks and meals.
Rambagh Palace is EarthCheck Certified through EarthCheck’s certification program and has achieved Certified Platinum.
23rd: Hungry with 17M Inbound Tourism Trips
The InterContinental Budapest enjoys an excellent location on the banks of the Danube next to the Chain Bridge. All important sights are within easy walking distance. The Váci shopping street, the Central Market Hall and the Gellért Baths are nearby, as well. Tram stops can be found right outside the hotel.
The elegantly furnished suites and rooms at the InterContinental Budapest feature sleek interior design. Some offer stunning views of the river and the castle. The Executive Lounge awaits you with a selection of snacks and beverages, free internet and a working corner. Take a dip in the indoor pool or enjoy a workout in the 24-hour gym. Guests can savour Hungarian cuisine or modern fusion dishes at the on-site restaurant. Corso Terrace offers a barbecue during the summer season.
InterContinental Budapest is a Certified member through the Green Globe Standard for Travel & Tourism and has achieved a score of 75.
24th: Croatia with 17M Inbound Tourism Trips
Situated in the Ploce area, Villa Dubrovnik is the perfect place to experience Dubrovnik and its surroundings. From here, guests can make the most of all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the property offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.
Offering guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Villa Dubrovnik is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. This property offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest.
Villa Dubrovnik is a Certified member through the Green Globe Standard for Travel & Tourism and has achieved a score of 92.
25th: UAE with 16M Inbound Tourism Trips
Placed in the heart of Jumeirah Beach Residence, Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach is a chic and modern place for all guests to enjoy the many attractions nearby. From here, it is only minutes away from The Beach Mall, Dubai Marina Mall, the Tram Station, and Dubai Internet City.
Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach is a Certified – GOLD member through the Green Globe Standard for Travel & Tourism and has achieved a score of 78.