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Chinese travellers are the world's biggest tourism spenders, splashing out a record $102 billion (78 billion euros) on trips abroad in 2012, the UN World Tourism Organisation said Thursday. 

Lunar New Year travellers arrive at Beijing's international airport on February 6, 2013. Chinese travellers are the world's biggest tourism spenders, splashing out a record $102 billion (78 billion euros) on trips abroad in 2012, the UN World Tourism Organisation said Thursday.

The number of Chinese travellers to foreign countries jumped from 10 million in 2000 to 83 million in 2012, the Madrid-based body said in a statement, attributing the spike to China's rising disposable incomes and an easing of travel restrictions.

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