Special Report

Destinations Where Tourists Outnumber Locals

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13. Montenegro
> International tourists: 3.01 per resident
> International tourist arrivals: 1.9 million
> Population 624,000

With beaches on the Adriatic Sea, medieval towns, and snow-capped mountains, Montenegro is a small country with a lot to offer visitors. It’s cheaper than Croatia but on the same coastline with similar Mediterranean-style cuisine, quaint waterfront towns full of churches and markets, yachting, and architecture dating back to the 12th century. Some of the natural wonders of the country are Durmitor National Park, a glacial formation of gorges, mountains, and lakes-and the Tara River Canyon, one of Europe’s deepest canyons.

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12. Bahrain
> International tourists: 3.01 per resident
> International tourist arrivals: 4.4 million
> Population 1.5 million

An island nation in the Persian Gulf, Bahrain is known for its liberal culture, and is a popular weekend and holiday destination for people from more conservative Muslim countries. Here they can do things forbidden by their governments, like dance, watch foreign films, go to concerts, and drink alcohol. Tourists from nearby Arab countries, specifically Saudi Arabia, make up most of the visitor arrivals. According to Khaled bin Humood Al-Khalifa, the CEO of Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority, 83% of visitors enter the country via a causeway connecting it to Saudi Arabia, whereas only 17% arrive by air.

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11. Austria
> International tourists: 3.34 per resident
> International tourist arrivals: 29.5 million
> Population 8.8 million

In 2017, the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Competitiveness report rated Austria number one in tourist service infrastructure, and Mercer named Vienna, Austria’s capital, the city with the best quality of life for the eighth year in a row, partially due to Vienna’s museums, theaters, and opera. With nearly 30 million visitors a year, Austria is known for its arts and music culture, low crime rate, Alpine skiing, rich confectionery, and historic architecture. Small villages, such as the mountain lake town Hallstatt, are popular destinations.

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10. Seychelles
> International tourists: 3.72 per resident
> International tourist arrivals: 350,000
> Population 94,000

The Seychelles, 900 miles off the African coast, are a remote destination comprised of 115 islands, many of which are uninhabited. Victoria, the capital city, is the only one in the country with a population over 5,000. Tourism began with the opening of the country’s first airport in 1971. There are currently over 500 hotels, resorts, and other tourist accommodations on the islands, which are known for their unique flora and fauna, and beautiful beaches. Anse Source D’Argent on La Digue Island is said to be one of the most photographed beaches in the world.

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9. Hong Kong SAR
> International tourists: 3.76 per resident
> International tourist arrivals: 27.9 million
> Population 7.4 million

A growing number of tourists in Hong Kong are coming from mainland China — 75% in 2018, after the 2003 introduction of an “individual visit scheme,” which opened the doors for mainlanders from certain Chinese cities to enter Hong Kong without needing to be a part of a business or tour group. Amidst mounting hostility from locals, who sometimes end up unable to buy basic necessities due to the influx of visitors, the government has not opened the scheme to more cities since 2007, and is instead focusing on attracting overseas tourists. A vibrant metropolis, Hong Kong offers an epic city skyline, affordableMichelin starred restaurants, endless shopping, boat rides, street art, and amusement parks.

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