Globally, international tourist visits grew by 5% in 2013. Europe remains by far the biggest destination with 563 million visitors, more than half the global total. The largest source of tourists is China.
If some parts of Iceland feel overcrowded with tourists, the western regions of the country offer off-the-beaten-track adventures. DW's Elizabeth Grenier tested it out.
Eating lunch in Italy's Bolgheri wine country, it is not hard to understand why the number of international visitors to this bucolic corner of Tuscany has doubled in five years.
Few Europeans have heard of Momchilovtsi. But in China, the village conjures up images of mystery, wonder and longevity, having given its name to a kind of drinking yoghurt that is all the rage for Chinese consumers.
The US State Department has urged Americans traveling to Europe during the holiday season to exercise caution. A travel alert said global terrorist groups still have the capability to carry out attacks on the continent.
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