European countries dominated the list of most popular destinations, according to the United Nation’s World Trade Organisation (UNWTO)’s latest tourism report, with France topping the lot and five other European countries in the list.
According to the report, 983 million international overnight tourist arrivals were recorded in 2011, with tourism receipts surpassing $1 trillion. Europe received some 705 million international tourist arrivals worldwide in the first eight months of 2012.
Spain generated the biggest income from tourism in 2011, while German tourists came out as the biggest spenders, shelling out some $84 billion.
The second and third most popular destinations were the United States and China.
The report predicted the international tourism market will grow by an average of 3.3% annually until at least 2030.