This Destination Is Set to Replace The U.S. As The Second Most Popular Country For Tourists

TravelandLeisurePublished: January 17, 2018
Published: January 17, 2018

While we are all very well aware that France will never be taken down from her throne as the most visited country in the world. What surprises us is that the U.S. of A. were the second choice for tourists. But not anymore!

Each year, the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization publishes an analysis of international tourism growth in destinations around the world. In 2016, there was a total growth of 7% in global tourism, with France and Spain taking the lead. In Europe, is was the destinations around the Mediterranean that helped the continent record the most gains in tourism so far at an 8% increase for its international arrivals in 2016, matching directly with Africa, which also saw an 8% increase.

Asia and the pacific destinations saw a 6% growth, while it was 5% increase for the Middle East.

Meanwhile, North America’s part in the overall growth was just 2%, with the United States seeing a decrease in international visitors. UNWTO head Zurab Pololikashvili said the organization expects that Spain will take the second place slot with 82 million visitors when the final numbers come in this spring. France will still remain number 1.

This comes as a complete surprise, given the terrorist attacks in Spain last year, in addition to the secession crisis in Catalonia. What has sparked the increases and decreases is yet to be determined.

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