The UNWTO Tourism Highlights 2018 Edition noted that Chinese tourists spent USD 258 billion on international tourism in 2017, almost one-fifth of the world's total tourism spending.
According to the report, overall international tourist arrivals grew by 7% to 1,323 million in 2017, the largest rise since 2010.
The growth in arrivals was echoed by a strong increase in exports generated by tourism, which reached USD 1.6 trillion in 2017.
France remained the most popular tourist destination with Spain moving into second place, while Japan moved into the top ten earners from tourism "after six straight years of double-digit growth."
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