Tourism: China set to be top destination

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China will be the premier tourist destination by 2020, pushing Britain from its fifth position to seventh in the top-destination league. But Europe will still be the biggest tourist-receiving continent in 2020, the World Tourism Organisation forecast in London yesterday.

It predicted that China will receive 137.1 million tourists, an annual growth of 8 per cent from 1995 to 2020. The US will be second, France (currently the number-one tourist nation) will be third, with Spain fourth. Hong Kong will be fifth, Italy sixth and the UK seventh. In 2020 the UK will be receiving 52.8 million tourists, about twice as many as at present.