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Italy a top tourism destination for European visitors

Eurostat survey finds Germans travel the most

Italy a top tourism destination for European visitors

Brussels, April 15 - Italy has remained a top tourism destination for visitors from across Europe, according to statistics released Monday. Germans are the continent's most avid travelers, clocking 73 million individual trips in 2011, according to the figures released by statistical agency Eurostat. It found that in 2011, citizens of the 27 member states of Europe made 1 billion holiday trips, with one-quarter of those outside their home countries. Of those, Spain, France and Italy were the most popular destinations. Citizens of Malta accounted for 32% of visits to Italy by Europeans, followed by 22% from Austria and 20% of visits logged by Romanians. France was a popular choice for 33% of travelers from Belgium, and 39% of visitors to Spain came from Portugal, followed by 21% from Britain. While Germans made the most trips in 2011, 44 million residents of the United Kingdom logged continental travel, followed by 22 million French and 16 million citizens of the Netherlands.

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