Spain surpasses U.S. as a tourist destination. Por algo será ...

Spain has replaced the United States as the No. 2 tourism destination in the world, according to a United Nations agency.

While France has retained the top spot with the most visitors, the United States has lost out to Spain for second place, according to the World Tourism Organization, a U.N. agency.

In 2017, an estimated 82 million travelers visited Spain, leapfrogging the U.S. for the second spot, the UNWTO told ABC News. The year before, the U.S. welcomed 75.6 million visitors -- edging out Spain by just 300,000, the UN agency confirmed.

Official numbers will be published in the spring, the UNWTO said.

In the U.S., too, the U.S. Travel Association showed that in the first six months of 2017, there were six percent fewer tourists compared to the previous year. 

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