chapter  7
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France has enjoyed its number one position for over 14 years. Since 1980, it has averaged 4.4% growth a year in international arrivals and 4% in tourist overnights (Table 7.2). Growth has slowed slightly in more recent years — it fell from an annual 5.5% in arrivals and 4.1% in nights in the 1980s to 3.2% and 3.9%, respectively in the 1990s. But these averages have nonetheless been consistently above the growth for Europe and even Western countries overall.