International tourism set another record in 2017, with arrivals
growing 7% and total spending hitting $1.3 trillion, according to the United
Nations World Tourism Organization.
The growth marked the highest increase since 2010.
International tourist arrivals reached 1.3 billion in 2017,
up 84 million from the previous year. The sector has now seen uninterrupted
growth in arrivals for eight straight years, UNWTO said.
China continues to lead global outbound travel, with Chinese
travelers spending $258 billion on international tourism in 2017 -- almost
one-fifth of the world's total tourism spending in 2017, which at $1.3 trillion
was up nearly 8% from 2016.