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The most popular destination among Europeans

Spain was the most popular travel destination among European residents, and Greeks take the longest vacations.

Jul 02, 2014 | By AFPRelaxnews

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According to the recently released report “Tourism Trips of Europeans” out of the European Union, the majority of trips — 85% — by Europeans in 2012 took place within Europe, and oftentimes in a neighboring country.

After Europe, the most popular outbound destinations were Asia (5%); Africa (4%); North America (4%) and Central and South America (2%).

Overall, within Europe, Spain was the most popular travel destination in terms of the number of trips, the number of nights spent and expenditure.

After Spain, the most popular destinations were France and Italy.

Meanwhile, the stats also showed that Greeks took the longest vacations in 2012, averaging 7.5 nights compared to Latvia, where residents took the shortest holiday within the EU, averaging about 3 nights.

Here are the Top 10 destinations for Europeans in 2012:

1. Spain
2. France
3. Italy
4. Germany
5. Austria
6. United Kingdom
7. Croatia
8. Greece
9. Portugal
10. Poland