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France was the Top International Travel Destination of 2017: UNWTO

According to UNWTO, the most visited countries in 2017 were France, followed by Spain and the USA.

AFP Relaxnews

Updated:August 29, 2018, 9:58 AM IST
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France was the Top International Travel Destination of 2017: UNWTO
France was the most popular international travel destination of 2017, according to the UNWTO. (Photo courtesy: AFP Relaxnews/ Ismailciydem/ IStock.com)
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More than 1.3 billion people traveled to a foreign country in 2017, marking a seven percent increase in international tourist arrivals from the year previous.

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) released new figures on Monday, showing that 2017 saw an additional 84 million people take to the skies, seas or roads to visit an international destination compared to 2016.

International tourist spending also reached USD $1.6 trillion in 2017, making it the world's third largest export sector, says the UNWTO.

The growth marks the highest increase since 2010 and was led by Europe and Africa which received increases in international tourist arrivals of 8 and 9 percent respectively.

The most visited countries in 2017 were France, followed by Spain and the USA.

When it comes to international tourism receipts, however, the USA tops the leaderboard by a huge margin at $210.7 billion, followed by Spain at $68 billion and France at $60.7 billion.

China continues to lead outbound travel, having spent $258 billion on international tourism in 2017.

Here are the top 10 destinations for international travel in 2017:

1. France
2. Spain
3. USA
4. China
5. Italy
6. Mexico
7. UK
8. Turkey
9. Germany
10. Thailand

Here were the top spenders of 2017:

1. China
2. USA
3. Germany
4. UK
5. France
6. Australia
7. Canada
8. Russia
9. South Korea
10. Italy
| Edited by: Manila Venugopal
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