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Holiday money

Jul 31st 2007

ALBANIA earned tourist receipts worth $17,500 for each arrival, according to the World Tourism Organisation, a UN body. Indeed, of over 200 countries and territories worldwide, it may come as a surprise that spots such as Moldova, Lebanon and Belarus earn more per tourist than tax-free island paradises. This may be because businessmen are the usual visitors and in more inhospitable places costs are higher. Similarly, an expensive country will require higher spending by visitors. So will big and far-flung ones with plenty to explore, such as Australia and India, as tourists tend to stay longer.

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