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THE WORLD'S FAVORITES

The most-visited countries in 1997, with number of international tourist arrivals in thousands (and percentage change from 1996 in parentheses), according to preliminary figures from the World Tourism Organization:

1. France...66,800 ( 7.04)

2. U.S........48,977 ( 5.72)

3. Spain......43,403 ( 7.06)

4. Italy.......34,087 ( 3.76)

5. United Kingdom...26,052 ( 3.00)

6. China.......23,770 ( 4.41)

7. Mexico........22,700 ( 6.05)

8. Poland........19,560 ( 0.77)

9. Hungary........19,478 (-5.79)

10. Canada.....17,556 ( 1.57)

Note: The only changes in rank were Poland and Hungary, which switched positions.

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