World Tourism rankings

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The World Tourism rankings are compiled by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as part of their World Tourism Barometer publication, which is released three times throughout the year. In the publication, UN regions and subregions are ranked by the number of international visitor arrivals, by the revenue generated by inbound tourism, and by the expenditures of outbound travelers.

Most-visited countries by international tourist arrivals in 2013[edit]

2013 World’s Top 10 Tourism Destinations

In 2013, there were 1.087 billion international tourist arrivals worldwide, with a growth of 5.0% as compared to 1.03 billion in 2012.[1][2] The top 10 international tourism destinations in 2013 were:[3][4]

Rank Country UNWTO
Region[5]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2013)[4]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2012)[4]
Change
(2012 to
2013)
(%)
Change
(2011 to
2012)
(%)
1  France Europe 83.0 million Increase 1.8
2  United States North America 69.8 million 66.7 million Increase 4.7 Increase 6.3
3  Spain Europe 60.7 million 57.5 million Increase 5.6 Increase 2.3
4  China Asia 55.7 million 57.7 million Decrease 3.5 Increase 0.3
5  Italy Europe 47.7 million 46.4 million Increase 2.9 Increase 0.5
6  Turkey Europe 37.8 million 35.7 million Increase 5.9 Increase 3.0
7  Germany Europe 31.5 million 30.4 million Increase 3.7 Increase 7.3
8  United Kingdom Europe 31.2 million 29.3 million Increase 6.4 Decrease 0.1
9  Russia Europe 28.4 million 25.7 million Increase 10.2 Increase 13.5
10  Thailand Asia 26.5 million 22.4 million Increase 18.8 Increase 16.2
Note 1: see the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer for the full rankings.[4]
Note 2:Turkey is classified as part of Europe in the UNWTO tourism rankings geolocation scheme.[6]

Africa and the Middle East[edit]

Africa[edit]

In 2013, there were over 55.7 million international tourist arrivals to Africa, an increase of 5.4% over 2012. In 2013, the top ten African destinations were:[2]

Rank Country International
tourist
arrivals
(2013)[4]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2012)[4]
Change
(2012 to
2013)
(%)
Change
(2011 to
2012)
(%)
1  Morocco 10.0 million 9.3 million Increase 7.2 Increase 0.4
2  South Africa 9.5 million 9.1 million Increase 3.5 Increase 10.2
3  Tunisia 6.2 million 5.9 million Increase 5.3 Increase 24.4
4  Algeria 2.7 million 2.6 million Increase 3.7 Increase 10.0
5  Mozambique 2.1 million Increase 11.1
6  Zimbabwe 1.8 million 1.7 million Increase 2.1 Decrease 26.0
7  Kenya 1.6 million Decrease 7.5
8  Uganda 1.2 million 1.1 million Increase 0.8 Increase 3.9
9  Swaziland 1.0 million Increase 24.2
10  Tanzania 1.0 million Increase 23.7

Middle East[edit]

In 2013, there were over 51.5 million international tourist arrivals to the Middle East, a decrease of -0.2% over 2012. In 2013, the top ten destinations were:[2][7]

Rank Country International
tourist
arrivals
(2013)[4]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2012)[4]
Change
(2012 to
2013)
(%)
Change
(2011 to
2012)
(%)
1  Saudi Arabia 13.2 million 14.2 million Decrease 7.4 Decrease 18.4
2  United Arab Emirates 9.9 million 8.9 million Increase 11.3 Increase 10.4
3  Egypt 9.1 million 11.1 million Decrease 18.1 Increase 17.9
4  Jordan 3.9 million 4.1 million Decrease 5.2 Increase 5.1
5  Iran 3.8 million Increase 14.3
6  Israel 2.9 million 2.8 million Increase 2.6 Increase 2.3
7  Oman 1.9 million Increase 48.0
8  Lebanon 1.2 million 1.3 million Decrease 6.7 Decrease 17.5
9  Qatar 1.1 million Decrease 53.7
10  Yemen 0.8 million Increase 5.4
Note 1: Africa and the Middle East are classified together as one region by the UNWTO.[4]
Note 2: Israel is classified under the "Southern/Mediter. Eu." subregion and
Iran is classified under the "Asia and the Pacific" by the UNWTO.[8]

The Americas[edit]

In 2013, there were over 167.9 million international tourist arrivals to the Americas, an increase of 3.2% over 2012. In 2013, the top ten destinations were:[9]

Rank Country International
tourist
arrivals
(2013)[4]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2012)[4]
Change
(2012 to
2013)
(%)
Change
(2011 to
2012)
(%)
1  United States 69.8 million 66.7 million Increase 4.7 Increase 6.3
2  Mexico 23.7 million 23.4 million Increase 1.4 Steady 0.0
3  Canada 16.5 million 16.3 million Increase 1.5 Increase 2.0
4  Brazil 5.6 million Increase 4.5
5  Argentina 5.5 million 5.5 million Decrease 0.3 Decrease 2.1
6  Dominican Republic 4.6 million 4.5 million Increase 2.8 Increase 5.9
7  Chile 3.5 million 3.5 million Increase 0.6 Increase 13.3
 Puerto Rico 3.2 million 3.0 million Increase 4.3 Increase 0.7
8  Peru 3.1 million 2.8 million Increase 11.2 Increase 9.5
9  Cuba 2.8 million Increase 4.7
10  Uruguay 2.6 million 2.6 million Decrease 0.4 Decrease 5.7

Asia and the Pacific[edit]

In 2013, there were over 248.0 million international tourist arrivals to Asia and the Pacific, an increase of 6.2% over 2012. In 2013, the top ten destinations were:[4]

Rank Country International
tourist
arrivals
(2013)[4]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2012)[4]
Change
(2012 to
2013)
(%)
Change
(2011 to
2012)
(%)
1  China 55.7 million 57.7 million Decrease 3.5 Increase 0.3
2  Thailand 26.5 million 22.4 million Increase 18.8 Increase 16.2
3  Malaysia 25.7 million 25.0 million Increase 2.7 Increase 1.3
 Hong Kong, China 25.6 million 23.7 million Increase 8.0 Increase 6.5
 Macau, China 14.2 million 13.5 million Increase 5.1 Increase 5.0
4  South Korea 12.1 million 11.1 million Increase 9.3 Increase 13.7
5  Singapore 11.0 million Decrease 6.8
6  Japan 10.3 million 8.3 million Increase 24.0 Increase 34.4
7  Indonesia 8.8 million 8.0 million Increase 9.4 Increase 5.2
8  Taiwan 8.0 million 7.3 million Increase 9.6 Increase 20.1
9  Vietnam 7.5 million 6.8 million Increase 10.6 Increase 9.5
10  India 6.8 million 6.5 million Increase 4.1 Decrease 4.3

Europe[edit]

In 2013, there were over 563.44 million international tourist arrivals to Europe, an increase of 5.4% over 2012. In 2013, the top ten destinations were:[2]

Rank Country International
tourist
arrivals
(2013)[4]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2012)[4]
Change
(2012 to
2013)
(%)
Change
(2011 to
2012)
(%)
1  France 83.0 million Increase 1.8
2  Spain 60.7 million 57.5 million Increase 4.7 Increase 6.3
3  Italy 47.7 million 46.4 million Increase 2.9 Increase 0.5
4  Turkey 37.8 million 35.7 million Increase 5.9 Increase 3.0
5  Germany 31.5 million 30.4 million Increase 3.7 Increase 7.3
6  United Kingdom 31.2 million 29.3 million Increase 6.4 Decrease 0.1
7  Russia 28.4 million 25.7 million Increase 10.2 Increase 13.5
8  Austria 24.8 million 24.1 million Increase 2.7 Increase 4.9
9  Ukraine 24.6 million 23.0 million Increase 7.2 Increase 7.5
10  Greece 17.9 million 15.5 million Increase 15.5 Decrease 5.5

International tourism receipts in 2013[edit]

International tourism receipts grew to US$1.07 trillion (€837 billion) in 2012, corresponding to an increase in real terms of 4.0% from 2011.[1] The World Tourism Organization reports the following countries as the top ten tourism earners for the year 2012, with the United States by far the top earner.

Rank Country UNWTO
Region[10]
International
tourism
receipts
(2013)[4]
International
tourism
receipts
(2012)[11]
Change
(2012 to
2013)
(%)
Change
(2011 to
2012)
(%)
1  United States North America $139.6 billion $126.2 billion Increase 10.6 Increase 9.2
2  Spain Europe $60.4 billion $56.3 billion Increase 7.4 Decrease 6.3
3  France Europe $56.1 billion $53.6 billion Increase 4.8 Decrease 2.2
4  China Asia $51.7 billion $50.0 billion Increase 3.3 Increase 3.2
 Macau, China Asia $51.6 billion $43.7 billion Increase 18.1 Increase 13.7
5  Italy Europe $43.9 billion $41.2 billion Increase 6.6 Decrease 4.2
6  Thailand Asia $42.1 billion $33.8 billion Increase 24.4 Increase 24.4
7  Germany Europe $41.2 billion $38.1 billion Increase 8.1 Decrease 1.9
8  United Kingdom Europe $40.6 billion $36.2 billion Increase 12.1 Increase 3.3
 Hong Kong, China Asia $38.9 billion $33.1 billion Increase 17.7 Increase 16.2
9  Australia Oceania $30.9 billion $31.7 billion Decrease 2.8 Increase 4.5
10  Turkey Europe $27.9 billion $25.3 billion Increase 6.8 Increase 2.4

International tourism expenditure in 2013[edit]

The World Tourism Organization reports the following countries as the top ten biggest spenders on international tourism for the year 2013.[2]

Rank Country UNWTO
Region[12]
International
tourism
expenditure
(2013)[4]
International
tourism
expenditure
(2012)[4]
Market
Share
(%)
Change
(2012 to
2013)
(%)
1  China Asia $128.6 billion $102.0 billion 11.1 Increase 23.8
2  United States North America $86.2 billion $83.5 billion 7.4 Increase 3.3
3  Germany Europe $85.9 billion $81.3 billion 7.4 Increase 2.3
4  Russia Europe $53.5 billion $42.8 billion 4.6 Increase 28.9
5  United Kingdom Europe $52.6 billion $51.3 billion 4.5 Increase 3.5
6  France Europe $42.4 billion $39.1 billion 3.7 Increase 4.9
7  Canada North America $35.2 billion $35.0 billion 3.0 Increase 3.2
8  Australia Oceania $28.4 billion $28.0 billion 2.4 Increase 8.8
9  Italy Europe $27.0 billion $26.4 billion 2.3 Decrease 1.0
10  Brazil South America $25.1 billion $22.2 billion 2.2 Increase 12.9

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "International tourism receipts surpass US$ 1 trillion in 2011" (Press release). UNWTO. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "2012 Tourism Highlights". UNWTO. July 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Interim Update". UNWTO World Tourism Barometer (UNWTO). April 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "2014 Tourism Highlights". World Tourism Organization. 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  5. ^ See [1] Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  6. ^ "WTO/ Member States of Europe". World Tourism Organization. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  7. ^ "Recovery Confirmed, but Growth Remains Uneven". UNWTO World Tourism Barometer (UNWTO) 8 (2). June 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "WTO/ Member States of Europe". World Tourism Organization. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  9. ^ "Interim Update". UNWTO World Tourism Barometer (UNWTO). July 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  10. ^ See [2] Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  11. ^ "World's top destinations by international tourism receipts". World Tourism Barometer. UNWTO. July 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  12. ^ See [3] Retrieved 14 November 2012.

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