Compared with other continents, Europe is the most attractive place for tourism because many historical sights, suitable climate and other characteristics, said Alan Vella, a member of Susan on Tourism at the European Commission. Vella took part in a seminar on “Structural Funds of the European Union for tourism in Bulgaria, which was held in Sofia. According to experts, 480 million tourists have visited Europe in 2006, 185 million – Asia and the Pacific islands, 142 million – North and South America. Due to the large number of tourists, Europe has won the 300 billion euros, North and South America – 122 billion. France is the most visited part of the Old Continent – with 79 million tourists annually. Bulgaria is in the middle of the list with 5,2 million tourists, Romania is one of the last places – by 1,4 million people.
The most profitable in the tourism business is Spain, which for 2006 is 40.7 billion of revenue. According to Vella, 8 million jobs in tourism in Europe has, but if you add all of the industry sectors, jobs are 24 million 11% of the total workforce on the continent.
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