Turkey holidays were increasingly popular among international travellers last year, a new report has revealed.
The UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) said that the country climbed one position in its list of the world's top destinations to seventh place.
Countries are ranked on the basis of their international visitor numbers and industry earnings.
Holidays to Spain remained one of the top three options for international tourists in 2009, according to the UNWTO report.
Spain had the second most profitable tourism sector behind the US, with France in third place.
The number of people taking Costa Blanca holidays and other breaks in the country last year meant it ranked third in the world for arrivals, with France attracting the highest number of visitors followed by the US.
During the first two months of 2010, the number of international tourist arrivals around the world increased by two per cent from the same period last year, the UNWTO revealed.
The organisation said that global travel is "gaining momentum" and predicted overall growth of between three and four per cent this year.
Posted by Joseph Brady