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France Crowned Hottest Destination By UNWTO

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9 Sep

France Crowned Hottest Destination By UNWTO

France has once again been crowned as the world’s hottest tourist destination, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

It’s good news for the European favourite – the country boasted 83 million international tourist arrivals in 2012, up almost 2% over the previous year.

The United States took second spot, with 67 million international tourists, while China took third place with 57.7 million. Italy and Spain completed the top five.

However, the US forced its way into first position when it came to international tourism receipts, with an impressive US$126.2 billion spent

last year. Spain’s figures show US$55.9 billion was spent by tourists enjoying the country’s culture, cities and beaches in 2012.

According to the UNWTO report, international tourist arrivals in Europe rose by 3% in 2012. This is on top of a strong 2011 (+6%), and despite lingering economic difficulties.

Accounting for 52% of all international arrivals worldwide, Europe had 534 million tourist arrivals in 2012, 18 million more than in 2011.

The complete top tourist destinations are:

France  – 83 million international tourist arrivals
United States – 67 million international tourist arrivals
China – 57.7 million international tourist arrivals
Spain – 57.7 million international tourist arrivals
Italy – 46.4 million international tourist arrivals
Turkey – 35.7 million international tourist arrivals
Germany – 30.4 million international tourist arrivals
United Kingdom – 29.3 million international tourist arrivals
Russian Federation – 25.7 million international tourist arrivals
Malaysia – 25 million international tourist arrivals

The top ten for international tourism receipts are:

United States US$126.2 billion
Spain – US$55.9 billion
France – US$ 53.7 billion
China – US$50 billion
Macao – US$43.7 billion
Italy – US$41.2 billion
Germany – US$38.1 billion
United Kingdom – US$36.4 billion
Hong Kong – US$32.1 billion
Australia – US$31.5 billion

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