Top 5 travel destinations

Book Depository announced most popular travel guides in 2011. It was interesting to read this list as you can see which countries were most popular among tourists last year. I was surprised by the list as the top place was taken USA. Here is full top 5:

1. USA 2. France 3. Great Britain 4. Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & the Greater Mekong 5. Indonesia

As all travel guides on the list there published by Lonely Planet I checked LP site and found a little bit different list, but in the first place still was USA:

1. USA 2. China 3. Thailand 4. Vietnam 5. France

Ok, lets go further as there are more big travel guide publishers and it is interesting to see their lists.
Here is Top 5 Rough Guide most popular destinations:

1. India 2. Usa 3. Spain 4. Thailand 5. Italy

And the last is DK Eyewitness Top 5 list:

1. Switzerland 2. China 3. Cuba 4. Australia 5. New England

I was having problems with DK Eyewitness best sellers, as they don’t have Top lists on their site, so checked best sellers in Travel Reference Guidebooks on Amazon. But because Amazon has regional web site it is difficult to see global best sellers list, as the list on amazon.com will be different comparing to amazon.ca or amazon.co.uk. So I think because I was checking  amazon.com is the reason why there is no USA on the list.

So the leaders this year (2011/2012) are USA, France, China. Surprisingly there is no any South American or African country.  Will be interesting to see changes next year.