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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 2016, there were 1.235 billion international tourist arrivals worldwide, with a growth of 4% as compared to 1.186 billion in 2015. The top 10 international tourism destinations in 2016 were:[1]

Rank Destination International
tourist
arrivals
(2016)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2015)[1]
Change
(2015 to
2016)
(%)
Change
(2014 to
2015)
(%)
1 France 82.6 million 84.5 million Decrease 2.2 Increase 0.9
2 United States 75.6 million 77.5 million Decrease 2.4 Increase 3.3
3 Spain 75.6 million 68.5 million Increase 10.3 Increase 5.5
4 China 59.3 million 56.9 million Increase 4.2 Increase 2.3
5 Italy 52.4 million 50.7 million Increase 3.2 Increase 4.4
6 United Kingdom 35.8 million 34.4 million Increase 4.0 Increase 5.6
7 Germany 35.6 million 35.0 million Increase 1.7 Increase 6.0
8 Mexico 35.0 million 32.1 million Increase 8.9 Increase 9.4
9 Thailand 32.6 million 29.9 million Increase 8.9 Increase 20.6
10 Austria 28.1 million 26.7 million Increase 5.2 Increase 5.7


Africa[edit]

In 2015, there were over 53 million international tourist arrivals to Africa, a decrease of 3% from 2014. In 2015, the top ten African destinations were:

Rank Destination International
tourist
arrivals
(2015)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2014)[1]
Change
(2014 to
2015)
(%)
Change
(2013 to
2014)
(%)
1 Morocco 10.2 million 10.3 million Decrease 1.0 Increase 2.4
2 Egypt 9.1 million 9.6 million Decrease 5.1 Increase 5.0
3 South Africa 8.9 million 9.5 million Decrease 6.8 Increase 0.1
4 Tunisia 5.4 million 7.2 million Decrease 25.2 Decrease 2.6
5 Zimbabwe 2.1 million 1.9 million Increase 9.4 Increase 2.6
6 Algeria 1.7 million 2.3 million Decrease 25.7 Decrease 15.8
7 Mozambique 1.6 million 1.7 million Decrease 6.6 Decrease 11.9
8 Botswana 1.5 million 2.0 million Decrease 22.3 Increase 27.3
9 Ivory Coast 1.4 million 0.5 million Increase 205.9 Increase 23.9
10 Namibia 1.4 million 1.3 million Increase 5.1 Increase 12.2
Note: Egypt is classified under "Middle East" in the UNWTO.[2]

Americas[edit]

In 2016, there were over 199 million international tourist arrivals to the Americas. In 2016, the top ten destinations were:[1]

Rank Destination International
tourist
arrivals
(2016)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2015)[1]
Change
(2015 to
2016)
(%)
Change
(2014 to
2015)
(%)
1 United States 75.6 million 77.4 million Decrease 2.4 Increase 3.3
2 Mexico 35.0 million 32.1 million Increase 8.9 Increase 9.4
3 Canada 20.0 million 18.0 million Increase 11.1 Increase 8.7
4 Brazil 6.6 million 6.3 million Increase 4.3 Decrease 1.9
5 Dominican Republic 6.0 million 5.6 million Increase 6.4 Increase 8.9
6 Chile 5.6 million 4.5 million Increase 26.0 Increase 21.9
7 Argentina 5.6 million 5.7 million Decrease 3.1 Decrease 3.3
8 Cuba 4.0 million 3.5 million Increase 13.7 Increase 17.5
9 Peru 3.7 million 3.5 million Increase 8.4 Increase 7.5
10 Puerto Rico 3.7 million 3.5 million Increase 5.5 Increase 9.1

Asia-Pacific[edit]

In 2016, there were over 308 million international tourist arrivals to Asia-Pacific, an increase of 9.0% over 2015. In 2016, the top ten destinations were:[1]

Rank Destination International
tourist
arrivals
(2016)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2015)[1]
Change
(2015 to
2016)
(%)
Change
(2014 to
2015)
(%)
1 China 59.3 million 56.9 million Increase 4.2 Increase 2.3
2 Thailand 32.6 million 29.9 million Increase 8.9 Increase 20.6
3 Malaysia 26.8 million 25.7 million Increase 4.0 Decrease 6.3
4 Hong Kong 26.6 million 26.7 million Decrease 0.5 Decrease 3.9
5 Japan 24.0 million 19.7 million Increase 21.8 Increase 47.1
6 South Korea 17.2 million 13.2 million Increase 30.3 Decrease 6.8
7 Macau 15.7 million 14.3 million Increase 9.8 Decrease 1.8
8 India 14.6 million 13.3 million Increase 9.7 Increase 1.4
9 Singapore 12.9 million 12.1 million Increase 7.1 Increase 1.6
10 Indonesia 12.0 million[3] 10.0 million Increase 5.6

Europe[edit]

In 2016, there were over 616 million international tourist arrivals to Europe, an increase of 1.0% over 2015. In 2016, the top ten destinations were:[1]

Rank Destination International
tourist
arrivals
(2016)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2015)[1]
Change
(2015 to
2016)
(%)
Change
(2014 to
2015)
(%)
1 France 82.6 million 84.5 million Decrease 2.2 Increase 0.9
2 Spain 75.6 million 68.5 million Increase 10.3 Increase 5.5
3 Italy 52.4 million 50.7 million Increase 3.2 Increase 4.4
4 United Kingdom 35.8 million 34.4 million Increase 4.0 Increase 5.6
5 Germany 35.6 million 35.0 million Increase 1.7 Increase 6.0
6 Austria 28.1 million 26.7 million Increase 5.2 Increase 5.7
7 Turkey 25.4 million[4] 39.5 million Decrease 0.8
8 Greece 24.8 million 23.6 million Increase 5.1 Increase 7.1
9 Russia 24.6 million 26.9 million Decrease 8.6 Increase 5.6
10 Poland 17.5 million 16.7 million Increase 4.4 Increase 4.6

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)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2014)[1]
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.[2]

Turkey and Israel are classified as part of "Southern/Medit.Europe" in the UNWTO.[2]

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.[1] 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)[1]

International
tourism
receipts

(US$ billion)
(2015)[1]

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)[1]
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)[1]
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)[1]
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)[1]
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 Turkey 18,743
8 Switzerland 15,937
9 Greece 14,618
10 Netherlands 14,054

Middle East[edit]

Rank Region International
tourism
receipts
(US$ million)
(2015)[1]
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.[5] With China by far being the top spender.

Rank Country International
tourism
expenditure
(2016)[5]
International
tourism
expenditure
(2017)[5]
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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