• France remains world’s favourite tourism destination

    Ramesh Tiwari
    August 10, 2017
    France remains world’s favourite tourism destination

    Madrid  (AFP) – France retained its position as the world’s favourite tourism destination in 2016, the UN’s World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) said on Wednesday (Aug 2), defying concerns over terror attacks.

    The United States came second followed closely by Spain, according to annual figures that the Madrid-based UNWTO normally announces in January, but which were delayed this year.

    But although France stayed on top by welcoming 82.6 million visitors in 2016, that was a more than 2 per cent drop from the previous year, the figures showed.

    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, falling 3 per cent to 75.61 million, which saw the country narrowly maintain its second position as Spain experienced a 10 per cent jump in visitors to 75.56 million.

    The latter’s tourism industry has boomed partly because people who normally go to Turkey, Egypt or north Africa for their holidays are instead deciding to chase the sun in Spain, citing fears of unrest.

    China came fourth in the ranking with just under 60 million visitors and Italy came fifth – the same as in 2015.

    The classification is calculated according to the number of visitors who spend at least one night in a country.

    But if the money earned from tourists is taken into account, the United States came a resounding first with US$206 billion (S$279 billion)) made in 2016, the UNWTO said.

    Spain came second with around US$60 billion – another rise compared to 2015 – followed by Thailand and China.

    Britain, meanwhile, fell from third to seventh place at US$34 billion due in part to the depreciation of the pound compared to the dollar after the Brexit vote to leave the European Union, added the UNWTO.

    Aug. 2 . 2017

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