Top 10 most visited countries in 2015

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Last year, the world witnessed a record-breaking number of overseas tourists.

A total of 1.184 billion tourists travelled worldwide, a rise of 4.4 per cent from a year earlier, according to the latest World Tourism Barometer released by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation.

"The robust performance of the sector is contributing to economic growth and job creation in many parts of the world," said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai in a statement.

France appears certain to remain the most popular country in the world, followed by the United States and Spain.

China takes fourth place in the rankings.

Let's take a look at the world's most popular tourist destinations.

10. Russia

Tourist arrivals: 31.6 million (estimate), up 6.2 per cent

9. Mexico

Tourist arrivals: 32.1 million (estimate), up 9.6 per cent

8. United Kingdom

Tourist arrivals: 33.9 million (estimate), up 4 per cent

7. Germany

Tourist arrivals: 35 million (estimate), up 6.1 per cent

6. Turkey

Tourist arrivals: 39.3 million (estimate), down 0.9 per cent

5. Italy

Tourist arrivals: 50.8 million (estimate), up 4.6 per cent

4. China

Tourist arrivals: 56.9 million (confirmed), up 2.3 per cent

3. Spain

Tourist arrivals: 68.1 million (estimate), up 4.8 per cent

2. United States

Tourist arrivals: 77.9 million (estimate), up 3.9 per cent

1. France

Tourist arrivals: 86.3 million (estimate), up 3 per cent

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