Taleb Rifai, secretary general of the UNWTO, said, "China, as we predict, is going to become the world’s No. 1 tourist destination by the year 2015. China is almost there. It is now the world’s fourth largest destination when it comes to incoming tourists, and the rates of growth are moving so quickly that we think this is a realistic target."
France is currently the country receiving the most international tourists, at 80 million per year, followed by the United States and Spain, both at 60 million a year, while China has about 48 million.
CRIEnglish.com reported that Taleb Rifai said, "China’s tourism economy has moved incredibly in the last ten years. The number of incoming tourists rose from 8 million to 48 million. The potential of the growth is still big because of the size of China."