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JUST THE FACTS

Favorite Destinations

February 25, 1996

The number of international tourists grew in 1995 but at a slower rate than the year before, according to the World Tourism Organization. Below is a list of the world's top tourism destinations in 1995 which shows France continuing in the No. 1 spot and Spain edging out the United States for the No. 2 position.

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Rank Country Intl. Visitors Intl. Visitors Rank in in 1995 in 1995 in 1990 1990 1 France 60,584 52,497 1 2 Spain 45,125 37,441 3 3 United States 44,730 39,539 2 4 Italy 29,184 26,679 4 5 China 26,368 10,484 12 6 United Kingdom 22,700 18,013 7 7 Hungary 22,087 20,510 5 8 Mexico 19,870 17,176 8 9 Poland 19,225 3,400 27 10 Austria 17,750 19,011 6 11 Canada 16,854 15,209 10 12 Czech Republic 16,600 7,278 16 13 Germany 14,535 17,045 9 14 Switzerland 11,835 13,200 11 15 Greece 11,095 8,873 13

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Note: Figures in thousands

Source: World Tourism Organization

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday March 3, 1996 Home Edition Travel Part L Page 6 Travel Desk 2 inches; 42 words Type of Material: Correction
Just the Facts--Due to an editing error, the totals in the Feb. 25 chart on favorite international destinations were not expressed in thousands. According to the World Tourism Organization, the numbers relate to international tourists, a visitor who stays at least one night in the country visited.

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