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Eastern Europe: Why it might be the next holiday hotspot

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Trends in global tourism are shifting, and while France, the U.S., and China continue to lead in terms of visitors, countries not known first and foremost as tourist hotspots are emerging as low-cost but option-rich destinations.

While Europe remains the most visited region in the world, tourism growth in 2012 and early 2013 was led by destinations in central and Eastern Europe, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

The organization forecasts that over the long term, international arrivals in the emerging economies, including Central and Eastern Europe will grow at double the pace of that in advanced economy destinations.

By CNBC's Alice Tidey

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