The WTTC’s report reveals that the world’s top 10 tourism economies are holding strong, with the US remaining in first place, accounting for $1,689.3bn this year.

It forecasts consolidated growth globally, compared with an uneven 2006.

China, currently in second place behind Japan, is expected to take second place before 2017, with Montenegro and India also expected to be fast growers.

By the end of the decade, the Russian Federation is also set to enter the top 10 for the first time.