10 Most welcoming countries on Earth


Booking.com is honoring its accommodation partners that consistently deliver great guest experiences with a 2018 Guest Review Award.

For the seventh annual edition of the awards, 759,845 properties in total across 219 countries and territories are being given an award, with the top countries receiving the most awards being:

  • Italy (106,513)
  • Spain(46,646)
  • France (45,286)
  • Germany (36,042)
  • United States (35,626)
  • Croatia (34,027)
  • United Kingdom (31,206)
  • Russian Federation (26,729)
  • Poland (26,572)
  • Brazil (24,477)

Most welcoming countries on Earth

Based on the share of properties receiving an award in 2018, for the first time ever Booking.com reveals the most welcoming places on Earth according to customer reviews.

The most welcoming countries are:

  • Austria
  • Czech Republic
  • Poland
  • New Zealand
  • Taiwan
  • Romania
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Serbia
  • Greece

It turns out that travelers really consider how welcoming a place is when it comes to selecting their next holiday destination. According to the website, this is especially relevant for the 73% of global travelers that say friendly and interesting locals are one of their top considerations when selecting a destination for their next trip.



Susan Wong is the Editor of Capital Lifestyle, a resident photographer, an award-winning journalist, radio presenter, full-time adventurer, long-time admirer of anything edible, and a spicy food athlete at Capital FM.

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