The Ultimate Most Popular Vacation on Earth Quiz

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The Ultimate Most Popular Vacation on Earth Quiz
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You've decided to travel somewhere new and exciting, but you're not sure where to go. You could try the world's most popular destination, but where is that? What will you do once you get there? Take our quiz, and learn about the world's most popular vacation destinations.
How much money did international tourism generate in 2007?
$850 million
$850 billion
International tourism brings in close to $1 trillion in annual business -- $850 billion in 2007.
$850 trillion

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Experts calculate that by 2020 there will be how many international travelers?
16 million
160 million
1.6 billion
Annual tourism numbers are on the rise. Experts believe that by 2020 over 1.6 billion people per year will take an international vacation.

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The outbreak of which of these dealt a blow to tourism numbers in 2009?
Swine Flu
The Swine Flu (H1N1) outbreak of late 2008 and early 2009 really hurt the tourism industry. Numbers dropped 8 percent from that same time the year before.
SARS
Polio

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Which of these continents has seen a resent surge in tourism?
Africa
Africa has recently become a very popular tourist destination; the continent's numbers improved by 5 percent in the first four months of 2009.
Antarctica
Australia

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Which of these African countries has been increasing in popularity?
Sierra Leone
Morocco
The tourism industries in Morocco and nearby Tunisia have been helped by the recent availability of inexpensive travel packages.
Zimbabwe

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Which of these organizations reports on the state of international travel?
World Tourism Organization of the United Nations (UNWTO)
The World Tourism Organization, which is a United Nations agency (UNWTO), collects data and compiles statistics on various aspects of world tourism.
World Trade Organization (WTO)
Amnesty International

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According to UNWTO statistics, which of these regions has the most annual tourism?
Asia
the Middle East
Europe
More than half of the world's tourists arrive each year to some European destination. In fact, two of the top four tourist destinations are in Europe.

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Which Asian country is the most popular tourist destination of that region?
China
China, the third largest country in the world, has thousands of years of history and culture. It's the fourth most poplar place on Earth to visit.
Japan
Singapore

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What is China's most popular tourist attraction?
The Chiang Kai-shek Museum
The Great Wall
The Great Wall of China, which, when you include all its branches, stretches over 5,500 miles, is not only China's most popular attraction, it's one of the most popular destinations on Earth.
Tiananmen Square

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Which of these European nations is the world's third-most popular vacation destination?
Ireland
Spain
Spain is a beautiful country, with great cuisine, and such wonderful traditions as bullfighting and flamenco dancing.
the Vatican

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Spain's most popular style of cuisine is called which of these?
La Cosina de Espania
Tapas
Tapas, a style of cuisine consisting of numerous small dishes, rather than a single main course, is a tradition in Spain.
Flamenco

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Which country recently returned to the number two spot in the tourism popularity rankings?
Australia
Israel
The United States
The United States, which had dropped down to third place for a while, is back in second place in 2009.

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Where in the United States do people travel to enjoy world class wines?
Kentucky
Texas
California
California's wine country, particularly Napa Valley, is the home to some of the best wines produced in the United States.

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Which of these incidents severely hurt the U.S. tourism industry?
September 11th, 2001
The tragedy of September 11th, 2001 had a powerful, negative effect on U.S. tourism for a number of years. U.S. tourism has since rebounded, and in 2008 the U.S. overtook Spain to regain its place as the second most popular tourist country in the world.
the Gulf War
the war in Afghanistan

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The single most popular tourist destination is which of these European countries?
The Netherlands
France
When it comes to tourism, France stands alone. The romance, art, history, and cuisine of the world's most popular country simply have no equal.
Luxembourg

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How many people visited France in 2008?
nearly 30 million
nearly 55 million
nearly 80 million
In 2008 France played host to nearly 80 million tourists.

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How many climate zones does France have?
two
four
France is one of the largest countries in Europe. It is bordered by eight countries, and has four climate zones.
six

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A popular location for skiing is which of these areas of France?
The French Riviera
The French Alps
The French Alps, a mountain region France shares with Italy and Switzerland, are a popular tourist destination for skiing, as well as for their breathtaking beauty.
The French Virgin Islands

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The single most popular tourist attraction in France is which of these?
The Arc de Triomphe
The Eiffel Tower
There is probably no building better known than the Eiffel Tower. Over 200 million people have visited the tower since it was constructed, and it remains the most popular paid monument in the world.
The Aviation Club of Paris

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Besides the Eifel Tower, Paris is also famous for which of these art museums?
Louvre
Home to over 30,000 works of art, including the Mona Lisa, the Louvre is France's premier art museum.
Hermitage
Guggenheim

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