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World's Biggest Spenders On Tourism (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 07/07/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:20 PM ET

Here's yet another marker of China's growing prosperity: Chinese tourists now spend more on international tourism than do the French, according to a United Nations World Tourism Organization report released last month.

Chinese travelers spent over $43 billion on travel abroad in 2009, up from $36 billion the year before, the report said.

Overall, the latest report indicates that money spent abroad by tourists in 2009 dropped to $852 billion, down from $942 in 2008.

Here are the top countries for international tourism expenditures, based on the current report. Vote on the most surprising big spender.

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Filed by Nicholas Sabloff  |