An average of 15.5 million tourists visits Greece each year and spends an average of 627 euros each, according to a study carried out by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The same study mentions that 83 million tourists visited France last year, more than the country population which is 66 million.
France attracts at least 16 million more visitors than the USA who rank second followed by China, Spain and Italy in the top five.
However, despite the overwhelming popularity of France as a holiday destination, it seems rather difficult for the French to persuade tourists to spend money in their country. Greeks also appear to have the same problem.
In France, tourism contributes seven percent to the GDP, offering more than even the automobile industry. However, the average of money spent by tourists (487 euros) is by far lower in comparison with every other country in the top 10 of visitors, except for Russia.
Visitors in the US spend an average of 1,420 euros, 944 euros in Germany and 941 euros in the United Kingdom. Tourists at Macau, (which lies on the western side of the Pearl River Delta across from Hong Kong to the east), a well-known casino destination, spend the impressive sum of 2,422 euros each.