Geography: Tourism - Where do people have holidays?

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Types of Popular Destinations

  • tourists mostly visit northern hemisphere
  • involve short-haul journeys
  • cruise ships that go worldwide
  • long-haul trips on increase
  • southern hemisphere becoming more popular
  • African safaris
  • tours of historical Inca monuments (Peru)
  • also health tourism trips
  • wilderness tours in Alaska
  • Hawaii volcano watching
  • festivals, e.g. world's biggest LGBT festival, Rio de Janiro
  • eco-tourist locations, e.g. Costa Rica
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Statistics from 2008: Country - Visitors (millions

  • France - 81.9
  • Spain - 59.2
  • USA - 56.0
  • China - 54.7
  • Italy - 43.7
  • UK - 30.7
  • Germany - 24.4
  • Ukraine - 23.1
  • Turkey - 22.2
  • Mexico - 21.4
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Most Visited Tourist Attractions in 2007

  • Times Square, New York
  • Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Florida
  • Trafalga Square, London
  • Niagara Falls, Canada and USA
  • Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco
  • Disneyland and DisneySea, Tokyo
  • Disneyland Paris
  • The Great Wall of China
  • Everland, South Korea
  • Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, England
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