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UNWTO presents overview of international tourism in 2010

UNWTO presents overview of international tourism in 2010 (Forimmediaterelease.net) The 2011 edition of the UNWTO Tourism Highlights is now online. This overview of international tourism in 2010 includes key trends, the ranking of the world’s top tourism destinations, and an overview of international tourist arrivals and tourism receipts for all world regions. It also covers outbound tourism and lists the world’s biggest tourism spenders.

In 2010:

• International tourist arrivals reached 940 million and tourism receipts generated US$919 billion

• Travel for leisure, recreation, and holidays accounted for just over half of all international tourist arrivals

• Slightly over half of all travelers arrived at their destination by air

• France maintained its position as the world’s number one tourism destination

• China became the world’s third biggest tourism spender

UNWTO Tourism Highlights is produced annually and is available for free download at http://mkt.unwto.org/en/content/tourism-highlights .

MEDIA CONTACT: Principal Media Officer, Marcelo Risi, Tel: (+34) 91 567 81 60, Email: mrisi@UNWTO.org , Web: www.UNWTO.org ; UNWTO Communications Program, Tel: +34 91-567-8100, Fax: +34 91-567-8218, Email: comm@UNWTO.org

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