The Jewish State rose 8 places from last year, when it came in 36th.
Israel was ranked above France, Austria, Brazil, Mexico, and many other countries considered tourist havens. Surprisingly, Israel even beat out Greece, which came in 29th.
Politics aren't important
The Telegraph wrote of Israel that "security concerns do not seem to have undermined your enjoyment of Israel's fascinating sites… whatever your political views, Jerusalem is one of the world's greatest historical destinations." Interestingly, Tel Aviv isn't even mentioned.
Amongst the more interesting rankings, Mexico was in 36th place, Brazil in 38th, Jordan was in the 44th spot, Spain was 45th, and Austria barely made it onto the list, coming in 47th.
The biggest surprise perhaps came from Africa, the continent which took five out of the top ten spots.
The top ten list is as follows:
1. New Zealand
2. The Maldives
3. South Africa
7. The Seychelles