We’ve made a top 10 including curious information from each country, as well as exclusive data from eDreams ODIGEO, the #1 Online Travel Agency in Europe.
Philippines had a 17% year-over-year passenger growth for all European travellers.
Here's an example of the Philippines' incredible streetfood culture. Pusô is a Philippine's rice cake made by boiling rice in a woven pouch of palm leaves. It is usually found in diamond shapes, which originated its name. In fact, Pusô literally means "heart".
Kenya grew by 18% in 2019.
Kenya is an iconic African safari destination and home to the Maasai tribe. The Maasai are internationally among the best known local populations for their unique culture and tribal clothing. In this photo there is a Maasai artifact, called Kibuyu, which means "gourd" in Swahili. Milk, blood, water, honey and cornmeal are usually stored inside the gourds.
Jordan saw a 20% year-over-year passenger growth.
The black iris is the national flower of Jordan and can be found all across the country, particularly in the Karak governorate. It blooms during spring with dark black petals and is a national symbol of growth, renewal and change.
Senegal had a 26% year-over-year passenger growth in 2019.
The Senegal parrots (Poicephalus senegalus) are birds of open woodland and savanna. They are a resident breeder across West Africa changing countries according to the availability of the fruit, seeds and blossoms, which make up their diet. They can easily be a pet as they are extremely quiet and have a remarkably calm temperament.
Vietnam grew by 28% for all European travellers.
The Asian conical hat, or Asian rice hat is commonly found in Southeast Asia. In Vietnam, it is called nón lá (leaf hat) and forms a perfect right circular cone. It can contain colourful hand-stitch depictions or poetic verses and is kept on the head by a chin strap. It is today part of Vietnam's national costume.
Turkey had a 31% year-over-year passenger growth.
Turkish coffee (Türk kahvesi) is prepared using very finely ground coffee beans, unfiltered, that are left in the coffee when served. The ground beans are boiled with sugar in a special pot called cezve or ibrik. The coffee is traditionally served in a special porcelain cup called a kahvefinjanı and it is sometimes flavoured with cardamom.
South Africa has seen a 31% growth. Large-scale investments were made in the tourism sector, contributing to establishing the transport and food industries for the country. In addition to the many historical and cultural assets such as dynamic cities, safaris, the Cape of Good Hope, wine regions and much more, this English speaking country attracts nationalities from all over the globe.
Acacia trees are one of the most iconic trees in Africa. Acacias are well-known landmarks of the veld and savanna. They provide food and habitats for a variety of animals and their umbrella-dome shape enables the trees to capture the maximum amount of sunlight, with the smallest of leaves.
As a destination for tourists, Indonesia grew by an impressive 33%. Hardly a surprise as one could visit this country several times and still have so many hidden treasures to uncover. The 17,000 islands have much to offer, including enchanting temples, spectacular mountains, vibrant rice fields, sandy
white beaches, rich diving sites, tantalising food, and so much more.
Borobudur is a 9th-century Buddhist temple in Central Java. It is the world's largest Buddhist temple and Indonesia's most visited tourist attraction. The temple is decorated with 504 Buddha statues and its design blends the Indonesian indigenous cult of ancestor worship and the Buddhist concept of Nirvana.
Albania, the small jewel of Eastern Europe, gets the second position with an impressive 41% growth. The Tourism Office’s communications campaign based on the film “Taken” may have helped the country gaining mass public attention. Moreover, the diversity of landscapes, its cultural and historical wealth and its ideal location for European travellers, only confirmed its status as a must-see destination in 2019.
The Golden Eagle is fast, brave and vigorous, which is why it is considered as the national bird of Albania. Indeed, you can see a black double-headed eagle in the middle of the country's flag.
Australia is a favourite amongst European travellers in 2019, with a 74% year-over-year passenger growth. The country has a number of global attractions that entice the average globetrotter, including competitive flight pricing, the breathtaking natural surroundings and, of course, the friendly locals.
In 2018-2019, 47% of the visitors travelled to Australia on their holidays for leisure purposes (30% visiting friends or relatives; 7.3% for business and 6.5% for education). International visitor numbers to Australia are projected to grow by 64% in 2026-27 compared to 2017-18.
Kangaroos are indigenous to Oceania, which has made them the greatest symbol of Australia. It has been claimed this animal was chosen to signify a country moving 'forward' because of a common belief that it cannot move backward.