It’s almost time to start planning your 2023 travel, and a good place to start might be with the most visited countries of 2022.
flight ticket database company, forwardkeysPublished its annual report ranking the top countries based on growth in tourism since the tourism industry was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021.
The report found that most of the top 20 countries were primarily in Central America and the Caribbean.
According to ForwardKeys, this figure reflects the fact that many tourism-dependent countries in those regions imposed less severe COVID-19 travel restrictions and were able to maintain a steady flow of visitors even during the pandemic.
Between January 1 and October 18, 2022, the Dominican Republic welcomed 5% more visitors than it did during the same time period in 2019. According to statistics from the World Tourism Organization, it was the most visited destination in the Caribbean.
The Dominican Republic is best known for its year-round golf courses, and some of the best luxury all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean are in Punta Cana and La Romana.
- Dominican Republic
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Turkey ranks second on the list. The country is home to Antalya, the largest city on the Turkish Riviera.
The Turkish city welcomed 66% more visitors during the same period in 2019, but the country’s tourism levels in 2022 are set to remain the same as in 2019, reports Forward Keys.
Costa Rica ranks third on the list, and like Turkey, the Central American country saw the same level of tourism in 2019 as it did in 2022. Costa Rica is best known for its amazing surfing, volcanoes and biodiversity.
according to US News & World ReportThe country ranks fourth for the cheapest vacations in Central and South America.
Costa Rica also lends itself to a more relaxed vacation destination. The country often uses the phrase “pura vida” (pure life in English), which encompasses the country’s philosophy about living life more comfortably.
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