Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Timeshare Travel: The World’s Top Tourist Destination Is … France

Plan a timeshare vacation to France. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the world’s number one tourist destination is France, with 83 million international tourist arrivals in 2012 – up almost 2% over the previous year.

The complete top 10 are:
1. France – 83 million international tourist arrivals
2. United States – 67 million international tourist arrivals
3. China – 57.7 million international tourist arrivals
4. Spain – 57.7 million international tourist arrivals
5. Italy – 46.4 million international tourist arrivals
6. Turkey – 35.7 million international tourist arrivals
7. Germany – 30.4 million international tourist arrivals
8. United Kingdom – 29.3 million international tourist arrivals
9. Russian Federation – 25.7 million international tourist arrivals
10. Malaysia – 25 million international tourist arrivals

The UNWTO report indicates that international tourist arrivals in Europe rose by 3% in 2012 on top of a strong 2011 (+6%). Accounting for 52% of all international arrivals worldwide, Europe reached 534 million tourist arrivals in 2012, 18 million more than in 2011.

International tourism receipts increased by 2% in real terms totaling US$ 458 billion (euro 356 billion), representing 43% of the world total.

The report also indicated that the Americas welcomed 163 million international tourists in 2012, up 7 million (+5%) on the previous year. The region maintained its share of worldwide arrivals at 16%, while its share of receipts was up by one percentage point to 20%.

But for now, France is Number One. From glittering Paris to rolling vineyards, from the French Riviera to the French Alps, France is a country that offers something for everyone.

For the tried and true, but with that special French flair, of course, you do know there is a Paris Disneyland?

Or get off the beaten path and enjoy the charming village of Conques (see center photo) where no cars are allowed, tour the east coast of Corsica, explore the island of Ouessant off the coast of Brittany (see bottom photo), ponder the cliffs of Normandy (see top photo).

You’ll be planning a timeshare vacation to France year after year to get it all seen and experienced. Many places you’ll enjoy exploring are an easy train ride out of Paris.

There are great French timeshare rentals and timeshare exchanges available.

Photo Credits: francetravelguide.com

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