According to the most recent statistics from the World Tourism Organization, the top 10 most visited countries in the world was unchanged in order from 2008, with France leading the way, welcoming 74.2 million international travelers in 2009, a decrease of 6.3% from the previous year.
As can be seen in the graphic above, the United States came in second with 54.9 million visitors, followed by Spain (52.2 million), China (50.9 million) and Italy (43.2 million). Rounding out the top ten were the U.K., Turkey, Germany, Malaysia and Mexico.
Interestingly, though coming in as second, the U.S. is first in amount of money spent by visitors, with Australia and Austria breaking into the top ten using this metric. I’m going to go out on a limb here and theorize that the Disney parks’ snack bars are wholly responsible for this anomaly.
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