The United States is no longer the second most popular country to visit—that title now belongs to Spain.
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Spain surpassed the U.S. last year as the world’s second most visited country in the world, behind France, according to Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy. Speaking in Italy earlier this week, Rajoy trumpeted the fact that 82 million people visited Spain in 2017, while around 78 million took trips to the U.S.
In the first half of 2017, the number of international tourists visiting the U.S. dropped by about 4 percent compared to the same time period the previous year, according to the U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office and the U.S. Department of Commerce. The decline has been called the “Trump slump” by tourism experts, who say that President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric has pushed international travelers away.
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