World Tourism rankings

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The World Tourism rankings are compiled by the United Nations World Tourism Organization 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 destinations by international tourist arrivals[edit]

In 2017, there were 1.323 billion international tourist arrivals worldwide, with a growth of 6.8% as compared to 2016.[1] The top 10 international tourism destinations in 2017 were (2017 numbers are preliminary, US numbers not yet available):

Rank Destination International
tourist
arrivals
(2017)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2016)[1]
Change
(2016 to
2017)
(%)
Change
(2015 to
2016)
(%)
1 France 86.9 million 82.7 million Increase 5.1 Decrease 2.1
2 Spain 81.8 million 75.3 million Increase 8.6 Increase 10.5
3 United States 75.9 million Decrease 2.1
4 China 60.7 million 59.3 million Increase 2.5 Increase 4.2
5 Italy 58.3 million 52.4 million Increase 11.2 Increase 3.2
6 Mexico 39.3 million 35.1 million Increase 12.0 Increase 9.3
7 United Kingdom 37.7 million 35.8 million Increase 5.1 Increase 4.0
8 Turkey 37.6 million 30.3 million Increase 24.1 Decrease 23.3
9 Germany 37.5 million 35.6 million Increase 5.2 Increase 1.8
10 Thailand 35.4 million 32.6 million Increase 8.6 Increase 8.9

Africa[edit]

In 2016, there were over 57.8 million international tourist arrivals to Africa, an increase of 7.8% from 2015. Preliminary numbers for 2017 indicate a similar increase.[1] In 2016, the top ten African destinations were:

Rank Destination International
tourist
arrivals
(2016)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2015)[2]
Change
(2015 to
2016)
(%)
Change
(2014 to
2015)
(%)
1 Morocco 10.3 million 10.2 million Increase 1.5 Decrease 1.0
2 South Africa 10.0 million 8.9 million Increase 12.8 Decrease 6.8
3 Tunisia 5.7 million 5.4 million Increase 6.8 Decrease 25.2
4 Egypt 5.3 million 9.1 million Decrease 42.5 Increase 5.1
5 Zimbabwe 2.2 million 2.0 million Increase 5.4 Increase 9.4
6 Algeria 2.0 million 1.7 million Increase 19.2 Decrease 25.7
7 Nigeria 1.9 million 1.3 million Increase 50.5
8 Mozambique 1.6 million 1.6 million Increase 5.6 Decrease 6.6
9 Ivory Coast 1.6 million 1.4 million Increase 9.9 Increase 205.9
10 Namibia 1.5 million 1.4 million Increase 5.8 Increase 5.1
Note: Egypt is classified under "Middle East" in the UNWTO.[3]

Americas[edit]

In 2017, there were 208.7 million international tourist arrivals to the Americas, an increase of 4.0%.[1] In 2017, the top ten destinations were (2017 numbers are preliminary, US and Cuba numbers not yet available):

Rank Destination International
tourist
arrivals
(2017)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2016)[1]
Change
(2016 to
2017)
(%)
Change
(2015 to
2016)
(%)
1 United States 75.9 million Decrease 2.1
2 Mexico 39.3 million 35.1 million Increase 12.0 Increase 9.3
3 Canada 20.8 million 20.0 million Increase 4.1 Increase 11.1
4 Argentina 6.7 million 6.6 million Increase 1.0 Increase 15.7
5 Brazil 6.6 million 6.5 million Increase 0.6 Increase 3.8
6 Chile 6.5 million 5.6 million Increase 14.3 Increase 26.0
7 Dominican Republic 6.2 million 6.0 million Increase 3.8 Increase 6.4
8 Cuba 4.0 million Increase 13.4
9 Peru 4.0 million 3.7 million Increase 7.7 Increase 8.4
10 Colombia 4.0 million 3.3 million Increase 21.4 Increase 11.4

Asia-Pacific[edit]

In 2017, there were over 323 million international tourist arrivals to Asia-Pacific, an increase of 5.6% over 2016.[1] In 2017, the top ten destinations were (2017 numbers are preliminary):

Rank Destination International
tourist
arrivals
(2017)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2016)[1]
Change
(2016 to
2017)
(%)
Change
(2015 to
2016)
(%)
1 China 60.7 million 59.3 million Increase 2.5 Increase 4.2
2 Thailand 35.4 million 32.6 million Increase 8.6 Increase 8.9
3 Japan 28.7 million 24.0 million Increase 19.4 Increase 21.8
4 Hong Kong 27.9 million 26.6 million Increase 5.0 Decrease 0.5
5 Malaysia 26.0 million 26.8 million Decrease 3.0 Increase 4.0
6 Macau 17.3 million 15.7 million Increase 9.9 Increase 9.8
7 India 15.5 million 14.6 million Increase 6.7 Increase 9.7
8 Singapore 13.9 million 12.9 million Increase 7.7 Increase 7.2
9 South Korea 13.3 million 17.2 million Decrease 22.7 Increase 30.3
10 Indonesia 12.9 million 11.0 million Increase 16.9 Increase 11.1

Europe[edit]

In 2017, there were over 670 million international tourist arrivals to Europe, an increase of 8.3% over 2016.[1] In 2017, the top ten destinations were (2017 numbers are preliminary):

Rank Destination International
tourist
arrivals
(2017)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2016)[1]
Change
(2016 to
2017)
(%)
Change
(2015 to
2016)
(%)
1 France 86.9 million 82.7 million Increase 5.1 Decrease 2.1
2 Spain 81.8 million 75.3 million Increase 8.6 Increase 10.5
3 Italy 58.3 million 52.4 million Increase 11.2 Increase 3.2
4 United Kingdom 37.7 million 35.8 million Increase 5.1 Increase 4.0
5 Turkey 37.6 million 30.3 million Increase 24.1 Decrease 23.3
6 Germany 37.5 million 35.6 million Increase 5.2 Increase 1.8
7 Austria 29.5 million 28.1 million Increase 4.8 Increase 5.2
8 Greece 27.2 million 24.8 million Increase 9.7 Increase 5.1
9 Russia 24.4 million 24.6 million Decrease 0.7 Decrease 8.5
10 Poland 18.4 million 17.5 million Increase 5.4 Increase 4.4

Middle East[edit]

In 2015, there were over 53 million international tourist arrivals to the Middle East, an increase of 2.0% over 2014. In 2015, the top ten destinations were:

Rank Destination International
tourist
arrivals
(2015)[2]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2014)[2]
Change
(2014 to
2015)
(%)
Change
(2013 to
2014)
(%)
1 Turkey 39.5 million 39.8 million Decrease 0.8 Increase 5.3
2 Saudi Arabia 18.0 million 18.3 million Decrease 1.5 Increase 15.8
3 United Arab Emirates 14.2 million 13.2 million Increase 7.6 Increase 32.1
4 Egypt 9.1 million 9.6 million Decrease 5.1 Increase 5.0
5 Iran 5.2 million 5.0 million Increase 5.4 Increase 4.2
6 Jordan 3.8 million 4.0 million Decrease 5.7 Increase 1.1
7 Qatar 2.9 million 2.8 million Increase 3.7 Increase 8.2
8 Israel 2.8 million 2.9 million Decrease 4.4 Decrease 1.2
9 Oman 1.9 million 1.6 million Increase 17.8 Increase 15.7
10 Lebanon 1.5 million 1.4 million Increase 12.1 Increase 6.3
Note: Iran is classified as part of "South Asia" in the UNWTO.[3]

Turkey and Israel are classified as part of "Southern/Medit.Europe" in the UNWTO.[3]

International tourism receipts[edit]

International tourism receipts grew to US$1,260 billion in 2015, corresponding to an increase in real terms of 4.4% from 2014.[2] The World Tourism Organization reports the following destinations as the top twelve tourism earners for the year 2015, with the United States by far the top earner.

Rank Region International
tourism
receipts

(US$ billion)

(2016)[2]

International
tourism
receipts

(US$ billion)
(2015)[2]

Change
(2015 to
2016)
(%)
Change
(2014 to
2015)
(%)
1 United States 205.9 205.4 Increase 0.3% Increase 7.0%
2 Spain 60.3 56.5 Increase 6.9% Decrease 13.3%
3 Thailand 49.9 44.9 Increase 11.0% Increase 16.9%
4 China 44.4 45.0 Decrease 1.2% Increase 2.1%
5 France 42.5 44.9 Decrease 5.3% Decrease 22.9%
6 Italy 40.2 39.4 Increase 2.0% Decrease 13.3%
7 United Kingdom 39.6 45.5 Decrease 12.9% Decrease 2.3%
8 Germany 37.4 36.9 Increase 1.4% Decrease 14.8%
9 Hong Kong 32.9 36.2 Decrease 9.1% Decrease 5.8%
10 Australia 32.4 28.9 Increase 12.3% Decrease 8.2%

Africa[edit]

Rank Region International
tourism
receipts
(US$ million)
(2016)[2]
1 South Africa 7,910
2 Morocco 6,548
3 Egypt 5,258
4 Tanzania 2,135
5 Mauritius 1,572
6 Tunisia 1,239
7 Botswana 1,101
8 Nigeria 1,070
9 Sudan 1,009
10 Zimbabwe 824

Americas[edit]

Rank Region International
tourism
receipts
(US$ million)
(2016)[2]
1 United States 205,940
2 Mexico 19,571
3 Canada 18,213
4 Dominican Republic 6,723
5 Brazil 6,024
6 Colombia 4,773
7 Argentina 4,687
8 Panama 4,258
9 Puerto Rico 3,985
10 Costa Rica 3,879

Asia-Pacific[edit]

Rank Region International
tourism
receipts
(US$ million)
(2016)[2]
1 Thailand 49,871
2 China 44,432
3 Hong Kong 32,860
4 Australia 32,423
5 Japan 30,678
6 Macau 29,881
7 India 22,427
8 Singapore 18,386
9 Malaysia 18,074
10 South Korea 17,210

Europe[edit]

Rank Region International
tourism
receipts
(US$ million)
(2016)[2]
1 Spain 60,346
2 France 42,481
3 Italy 40,246
4 United Kingdom 39,615
5 Germany 37,433
6 Austria 19,300
7 Switzerland 15,937
8 Greece 14,618
9 Netherlands 14,054

Middle East[edit]

Rank Region International
tourism
receipts
(US$ million)
(2015)[2]
1 Turkey 18,743
2 United Arab Emirates 17,481
3 Saudi Arabia 10,130
4 Lebanon 6,857
5 Egypt 6,065
6 Israel 5,794
7 Qatar 5,035
8 Jordan 4,065
9 Iraq 4,060
10 Oman 1,540

International tourism expenditures[edit]

The World Tourism Organization reports the following source countries as the top ten spenders on international tourism for the year 2017.[4] With China by far being the top spender.

Rank Country International
tourism
expenditure
(2016)[4]
International
tourism
expenditure
(2017)[4]
1 China $250.1 billion $257.7 billion
2 United States $123.6 billion $135.2 billion
3 Germany $79.8 billion $83.7 billion
4 United Kingdom $64.8 billion $63.4 billion
5 France $40.3 billion $41.4 billion
6 Australia $30.8 billion $34.0 billion
7 Canada $28.7 billion $32.0 billion
8 Russia $24.0 billion $31.1 billion
9 South Korea $27.2 billion $30.6 billion
10 Italy $25.0 billion $27.1 billion

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