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UNWTO: France Still the World’s Top Travel Destination


UNWTO: France Still the World’s Top Travel Destination

Europe is still the main draw for global tourists. But Mexico is gaining strength. However, the U.S. is experiencing a fall.

New figures from the UNWTO show that France is still the king of the world tourism castle, with 86.9 million visitors last year. That marked an increase of 8.3 per cent.

Spanish tourism, fueled partly by a steady hike in visitors to Barcelona, increased 8.6 per cent last year and reached 81.8 million.

In spite of the downfall, the U.S. still managed a third place finish, but visits to the land of Trump fell 3.8 per cent last year; a marked contrast to figures in almost every other part of the world. The U.S. recorded 75.9 million visitors last year.

The next three were China, Italy and Mexico. Rounding out the top ten were the UK, Turkey, Germany and Thailand, with 35.4 million visitors.

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