China is the country reaping the greatest rewards of the visitor boom created by the Donald Trump presidency. Numbers of visitors to the country reached a record 115 million last year, while Spain’s economy is closely linked to the tourist industry. China added 2.1 million overseas travelers in 2017, up from only 21,000 a decade ago.
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Within Europe, the countries doing the best deal for their tourists are the British. London welcomed 20.3 million foreign visitors in 2017, 6 percent more than in 2016. It also saw the second-largest increase in the number of spending visitors, behind Berlin. “We are incredibly proud of the number of people from all around the world who travel to London each year,” said Mark Thomas, director of external affairs at VisitBritain.
In another welcome sign for Britons, they have become one of the most popular destinations for tourists from the U.S. The number of U.S. travelers to the U.K. rose 7 percent to more than 2.5 million in 2017, the highest number since 2009.
The numbers show that “Britain is a safe destination” and the U.K. “deserves a little bit of goodwill and some room for creativity,” Thomas said.