France retains its top spot as global tourism destination

Published on : Friday, August 4, 2017

FranceAccording to the UNWTO, France retained its position as the world’s favourite tourism destination in 2016, getting over concerns over terror attacks. The UK tourism decreased after the pound fell in value after the Brexit vote.

France was followed by the United States and Spain, according to annual figures released by the UNWTO.

But although France stayed on top by welcoming 82.6 million visitors in 2016, that was a more than 2% drop from the previous year. Repeated terror attacks had sparked concerns that tourism would drop substantially in France, known especially for its gastronomy and wine but the data indicated most visitors have not been put off.

The number of tourists visiting the US was also down, decreasing 3% to 75.61 million, which saw the country narrowly maintaining its second position as Spain experienced a 10% jump in visitors to 75.56 million. China came fourth in the ranking with just under 60 million visitors and Italy came fifth.

But if the money earned from tourists is taken into account, the United States came a resonant first with €173 billion made in 2016. Spain came second with around $60 billion – another rise compared to 2015 – followed by Thailand and China.

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