Monday, August 28, 2006

World's Top Tourist Destinations.

Most people have already been back from their summer vacation or are on their way back. It'll be interesting to know what this year's favorite destinations may be.... but it seems that in the kast 10 years at least, by and large France has been leading the way. In fact, there were more people coming to France (75.3 million tourists) in 2005 than there were French people living there(approx. 60 million).

Here are the top destinations for 2005 (in millions of tourists ):
  1. France : 75.3
  2. Spain : 55.6
  3. U.S. : 49.4
  4. China : 46.8
Source The Economic Policy Institute.

Personally, I would have thought that Italy came before China but they are behind by about 10 million. The results have not changed much in the last few years, except for the rise of China since 2000 which moved ahead of Italy in 2004.
Out of total of about 800 millio tourists traveling abroad, nearly 1 in 10 goes to France - that's about $40 billion into the country's economy. That's quite impressive, isn't it?

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