France top international travel destination in 2017: report
The Eiffel Tower illuminated in the French national colors red, white and blue, on Nov. 17, 2015. (Peter Dejong/AP)
Published Monday, August 27, 2018 10:18AM EDT
More than 1.3 billion people traveled to a foreign country in 2017, marking a seven percent increase in international tourist arrivals from the year previous.
The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) released new figures Monday, showing that 2017 saw an additional 84 million people take to the skies, seas or roads to visit an international destination compared to 2016.
International tourist spending also reached US$1.6 trillion in 2017, making it the world's third largest export sector, says the UNWTO.
The growth marks the highest increase since 2010 and was led by Europe and Africa which received increases in international tourist arrivals of 8 and 9 percent respectively.
The most visited countries in 2017 were France, followed by Spain and the U.S.
When it comes to international tourism receipts, however, the U.S. tops the leaderboard by a huge margin at $210.7 billion, followed by Spain at $68 billion and France at $60.7 billion.
China continues to lead outbound travel, having spent $258 billion on international tourism in 2017.
Here are the countries found to be the top 10 destinations for international travel in 2017: