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 2012[edit]

In 2012, there were 1.03 billion international tourist arrivals worldwide, with a growth of 4.0% as compared to 995 million in 2011.[1][2] The top 10 international tourism destinations in 2012 were:[3][4]

Rank Country UNWTO
Region[5]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2012)[4]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2011)[4]
Change
(2011 to
2012)
(%)
Change
(2010 to
2011)
(%)
1  France Europe 83.0 million 81.6 million Increase 1.8 Increase 5.0
2  United States North America 67.0 million 62.7 million Increase 6.8 Increase 4.9
3  China Asia 57.7 million 57.6 million Increase 0.3 Increase 3.4
4  Spain Europe 57.7 million 56.2 million Increase 2.7 Increase 6.6
5  Italy Europe 46.4 million 46.1 million Increase 0.5 Increase 5.7
6  Turkey Europe 35.7 million 34.7 million Increase 3.0 Increase 10.5
7  Germany Europe 30.4 million 28.4 million Increase 7.3 Increase 5.5
8  United Kingdom Europe 29.3 million 29.3 million Decrease 0.1 Increase 3.6
9  Russia Europe 25.7 million 22.7 million Increase 13.4 Increase 11.9
10  Malaysia Asia 25.0 million 24.7 million Increase 1.3 Increase 0.6
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 2011, there were over 49.5 million international tourist arrivals to Africa, an increase of 0.8% over 2010. The top ten African destinations were:[2]

Rank Country International
tourist
arrivals
(2011)[4]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2010)[4]
Change
(2010 to
2011)
(%)
Change
(2009 to
2010)
(%)
1  Morocco 9.3 million 9.2 million Increase 0.6 Increase 11.4
2  South Africa 8.3 million 8.0 million Increase 3.3 Increase 15.1
3  Tunisia 4.7 million 6.9 million Decrease 30.7 Decrease 0.0
4  Zimbabwe 2.4 million 2.2 million Increase 8.2 Increase 11.0
5  Algeria 2.3 million 2.0 million Increase 15.7 Increase 8.3
6  Kenya 1.7 million 1.4 million Increase 19.1 Increase 5.6
7  Uganda 1.1 million 0.9 million Increase 21.7 Increase 17.3
8  Namibia 1.0 million 0.9 million Increase 4.4 Increase 0.4
9  Senegal 1.0 million 0.9 million Increase 11.2 Increase 11.1
10  Mauritius 0.9 million 0.9 million Increase 3.2 Increase 7.3

Middle East[edit]

In 2011, there were over 54.9 million international tourist arrivals to the Middle East, a decrease of 5.6% over 2010. In 2011, the top ten destinations were:[2][7]

Rank Country International
tourist
arrivals
(2011)[4]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2010)[4]
Change
(2010 to
2011)
(%)
Change
(2009 to
2010)
(%)
1  Saudi Arabia 17.4 million 10.8 million Increase 61.3 Decrease 0.4
2  Egypt 9.4 million 14.0 million Decrease 32.4 Increase 17.9
3  United Arab Emirates 8.1 million 7.4 million Increase 9.4 Increase 9.1
4  Syria 5.0 million 8.5 million Decrease 40.7 Increase 40.3
5  Jordan 3.9 million 4.2 million Decrease 5.9 Increase 11.0
6  Iran 3.3 million 2.9 million Increase 14.2 Increase 38.8
7  Israel 2.8 million 2.8 million Increase 0.6 Increase 20.8
8  Qatar 2.5 million 1.5 million Increase 66.4 Decrease 8.4
9  Lebanon 1.6 million 2.1 million Decrease 23.7 Increase 17.6
10  Yemen 0.8 million 1.0 million Decrease 19.1 Decrease 0.3
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 2012, there were over 163.1 million international tourist arrivals to the Americas, an increase of 4.6% over 2011. In 2012, the top ten destinations were:[9]

Rank Country International
tourist
arrivals
(2012)[4]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2011)[4]
Change
(2011 to
2012)
(%)
Change
(2010 to
2011)
(%)
1  United States 67.0 million 62.7 million Increase 6.8 Increase 4.9
2  Mexico 23.4 million 23.4 million Decrease 0.0 Increase 0.5
3  Canada 16.3 million 16.0 million Increase 1.8 Decrease 1.3
4  Brazil 5.6 million 5.4 million Increase 4.5 Increase 5.3
5  Argentina 5.5 million 5.7 million Decrease 1.9 Increase 7.1
6  Dominican Republic 4.5 million 4.3 million Increase 5.9 Increase 4.4
7  Chile 3.5 million 3.1 million Increase 13.3 Increase 12.0
 Puerto Rico 3.0 million 3.0 million Increase 0.7 Decrease 4.3
8  Peru 2.8 million 2.5 million Increase 9.5 Increase 13.0
9  Uruguay 2.6 million 2.8 million Decrease 5.7 Increase 21.6
10  Costa Rica 2.3 million 2.1 million Increase 6.9 Increase 4.4

Asia and the Pacific[edit]

In 2012, there were over 233.5 million international tourist arrivals to Asia and the Pacific, an increase of 7.0% over 2011. In 2012, the top ten destinations were:[4]

Rank Country International
tourist
arrivals
(2012)[4]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2011)[4]
Change
(2011 to
2012)
(%)
Change
(2010 to
2011)
(%)
1  China 1.0 thousand 2.1 thousand Increase 0.3 Increase 3.4
2  Malaysia 25.0 million 24.7 million Increase 1.3 Increase 0.6
 Hong Kong, China 23.7 million 22.3 million Increase 6.5 Increase 11.1
3  Thailand 22.3 million 19.2 million Increase 16.2 Increase 20.7
 Macau, China 13.5 million 12.9 million Increase 5.0 Increase 8.4
4  South Korea 11.1 million 9.7 million Increase 13.7 Increase 11.3
5  Japan 8.3 million 6.2 million Increase 34.6 Decrease 27.8
6  Indonesia 8.0 million 7.6 million Increase 5.2 Increase 9.2
7  Taiwan 7.3 million 6.0 million Increase 20.1 Increase 9.3
8  Vietnam 6.8 million 6.0 million Increase 13.9 Increase 19.1
9  India 6.6 million 6.3 million Increase 5.4 Increase 9.2
10  Australia 6.1 million 5.8 million Increase 4.6 Decrease 0.2

Europe[edit]

In 2012, there were over 534.17 million international tourist arrivals to Europe, an increase of 3.4% over 2011. In 2012, the top ten destinations were:[2]

Rank Country International
tourist
arrivals
(2012)[4]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2011)[4]
Change
(2011 to
2012)
(%)
Change
(2010 to
2011)
(%)
1  France 83.0 million 81.6 million Increase 1.8 Increase 5.0
2  Spain 57.7 million 56.2 million Increase 2.7 Increase 6.6
3  Italy 46.4 million 46.1 million Increase 0.5 Increase 5.7
4  Turkey 35.7 million 34.7 million Increase 3.0 Increase 10.5
5  Germany 30.4 million 28.4 million Increase 7.3 Increase 5.5
6  United Kingdom 29.3 million 29.3 million Decrease 0.1 Increase 3.6
7  Russia 25.7 million 22.7 million Increase 13.4 Increase 11.9
8  Austria 24.1 million 23.0 million Increase 4.9 Increase 4.6
9  Ukraine 23.0 million 21.4 million Increase 7.5 Increase 1.0
10  Greece 15.5 million 16.4 million Decrease 5.5 Increase 9.5

International tourism receipts 2012[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
(2012)[4]
International
tourism
receipts
(2011)[11]
Change
(2011 to
2012)
(%)
Change
(2010 to
2011)
(%)
1  United States North America $126.2 billion $115.6 billion Increase 9.2 Increase 11.7
2  Spain Europe $55.9 billion $59.9 billion Decrease 6.6 Increase 14.0
3  France Europe $53.7 billion $54.5 billion Decrease 1.5 Increase 16.2
4  China Asia $50.0 billion $48.5 billion Increase 3.2 Increase 5.8
 Macau, China Asia $43.7 billion $38.5 billion Increase 13.7 Increase 38.3
5  Italy Europe $41.2 billion $43.0 billion Decrease 4.2 Increase 10.9
6  Germany Europe $38.1 billion $38.9 billion Decrease 1.9 Increase 12.1
7  United Kingdom Europe $36.4 billion $35.1 billion Increase 3.7 Increase 8.2
 Hong Kong, China Asia $32.1 billion $27.7 billion Increase 16.0 Increase 24.6
8  Australia Oceania $31.5 billion $31.5 billion Increase 0.2 Increase 8.1
9  Thailand Asia $30.0 billion $27.1 billion Increase 9.6 Increase 25.9
10  Turkey Europe $25.6 billion $25.0 billion Increase 2.4 Increase 10.1

International tourism expenditure 2012[edit]

The World Tourism Organization reports the following countries as the top ten biggest spenders on international tourism for the year 2012.[2]

Rank Country UNWTO
Region[12]
International
tourism
expenditure
(2012)[4]
International
tourism
expenditure
(2011)[4]
Market
Share
(%)
Change
(2011 to
2012)
(%)
1  China Asia $102.0 billion $72.6 billion 9.5 Increase 28.9
2  Germany Europe $83.8 billion $85.9 billion 7.8 Decrease 2.5
3  United States North America $83.5 billion $78.2 billion 7.8 Increase 6.4
4  United Kingdom Europe $52.3 billion $51.0 billion 4.9 Increase 2.5
5  Russia Europe $42.8 billion $32.9 billion 4.0 Increase 23.2
6  France Europe $37.2 billion $44.1 billion 3.5 Decrease 15.7
7  Canada North America $35.1 billion $33.3 billion 3.3 Increase 5.2
8  Japan Asia $27.9 billion $27.2 billion 2.6 Increase 2.6
9  Australia Oceania $27.6 billion $26.7 billion 2.6 Increase 3.3
10  Italy Europe $26.4 billion $28.7 billion 2.5 Decrease 8.1

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 "2013 Tourism Highlights". World Tourism Organization. July 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  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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