Europe becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination

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America is attracting an increasing number of tourists abroad, according to the European Commission (EC).

Official figures released this week show a dip in the numbers of US citizens traveling outside the United States, but figures for the rest of the world show a rise.

Most European countries welcomed an average of more than 40,000 US tourists each year from 2015 to 2017, up about 7% from the period before.

Australia, Canada and Japan also continued to receive more visitors than they did in 2013.

Australia, Canada and Japan each welcomed more than 100,000 American visitors a year in the last two years.

These figures compare to the figure of only about 83,000 a year in 2013, the EC said.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption All 27 EU countries took in more US tourists in 2017 than they did in 2013

According to the EC, the number of American tourists travelling to Europe more than doubled from 2013 to 2017.

Overall, the number of tourists in the EU between 2015 and 2017 grew by 5% to 154 million.

In January and February, the US attracted almost 3.7 million visitors to Europe, a rise of more than one million on the same period a year earlier.

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