America Tops Wish List for Foreign Tourists

Falling dollar helps US edge Australia as most likely destination
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2008 2:46 PM CDT
Tourist take picture of the Statue of Liberty from the ferry in New York, Tuesday, July 3, 2007.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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(Newser) – The plummeting dollar has tourists punching their tickets for the US, according to Lonely Planet’s latest rankings. America came out ahead in voting for the country travelers were most likely to visit next, Reuters reports, knocking Australia—tops since 2004—from its perch.

 Here’s how the list shook out (with ast year’s rankings in parentheses):

  1. United States (2)
  2. Australia (1)
  3. United Kingdom (5)
  4. Italy (3)
  5. New Zealand (9)
  6. France (7)
  7. Thailand (4)
  8. Spain (6)
  9. Canada (--)
  10. China (8)