Spain Tops List of Most Popular Holiday Destinations according to Avis

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Avis have created an infographic showing some interesting facts about international car hire and travel. It includes information about the most popular destinations for car hire and the most checked into places on facebook.

International car hire and travel infographic

International Car Hire and Travel

Spain is the most popular destination for people hiring cars abroad, according to a new international car hire infographic, accounting for over 14% of foreign car rentals in 2011.

Amongst other interesting facts and figures the infographic, produced by, also compares the most common reasons for hiring a car, with holiday rentals the most common reason, accounting for 59% of rentals.

In 2011 the top 4 most popular international car hire destinations were:

1.    Spain (14.1% of international rentals)
2.    France (12.6%)
3.    Italy (10.5%)
4.    Portugal (4.1%)

If car rental is anything to go by, the UK itself was most popular among the commonwealth countries and the largest European nations.

Of all visitors from abroad, a massive 28.5% were from the USA, followed by 9.2% from France, 8.5% from Germany, 6.4% from Australia and 5% from Canada.

Theme parks most checked-into on Facebook

The infographic also looks at the most popular tourist attractions in the UK as well as Brits’ favourite foreign destinations, as measured by their popularity in Social Media, using the number of Facebook check-ins to determine the top tourist attractions, public places and historical places in each country.

Theme parks are amongst the most popular attractions in our favourite countries. Disneyland and was the most checked-into attraction in France, while Gardaland in Italy was second only to Pompeii amongst Facebook users. In the UK Alton Towers was the most checked-into attraction.


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About Avis

Avis Rent A Car System, LLC and its subsidiaries operate one of the world’s best-known car rental brands with approximately 5,100 locations in more than 165 countries. Avis has a long history of innovation in the car rental industry and is one of the world's top brands for customer loyalty. Avis is owned by Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR), which operates and licenses the brand throughout the world. For more information, visit

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