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 up to six times per 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 2019 there were 1.459 billion international tourist arrivals worldwide, with a growth of 3.7% as compared to 2018.[1] The top 10 international tourism destinations in 2019 were:

Rank Destination International
tourist
arrivals
(2019)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2018)[1]
Change
(2018 to
2019)
(%)
Change
(2017 to
2018)
(%)
1  France - 89.4 million - Increase 2.9
2  Spain 83.5 million 82.8 million Increase 0.8 Increase 1.1
3  United States 79.3 million 79.7 million Decrease 0.6 Increase 3.3
4  China 65.7 million 62.9 million Increase 4.5 Increase 3.6
5  Italy 64.5 million 61.6 million Increase 4.8 Increase 5.7
6  Turkey 51.2 million 45.8 million Increase 11.9 Increase 21.7
7  Mexico 45.0 million 41.3 million Increase 9.0 Increase 5.1
8  Thailand 39.8 million 38.2 million Increase 4.3 Increase 7.3
9  Germany 39.6 million 38.9 million Increase 1.8 Increase 3.8
10  United Kingdom 39.4 million 38.7 million Increase 1.9 Decrease 2.2

Africa[edit]

In 2019, there were 69.9 million international tourist arrivals to Africa (excluding Egypt), an increase of 2.4% from 2018.[1] In 2019, the top ten African destinations were:

Rank Destination International
tourist
arrivals
(2019)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2018)[1]
Change
(2018 to
2019)
(%)
Change
(2017 to
2018)
(%)
1  Egypt 13.0 million 11.3 million Increase 14.8 Increase 36.8
2  Morocco 12.9 million 12.3 million Increase 5.2 Increase 8.3
3  South Africa 10.2 million 10.5 million Decrease 2.3 Increase 1.8
4  Tunisia 9.4 million 8.3 million Increase 13.6 Increase 17.7
5  Algeria 2.4 million 2.7 million Decrease 10.8 Increase 8.4
6  Zimbabwe 2.3 million 2.6 million Decrease 10.8 Increase 5.9
7  Mozambique 2.0 million 2.7 million Decrease 26.4 Increase 89.6
8  Ivory Coast - 2.0 million - Increase 9.2
9  Kenya - 1.9 million - Increase 15.4
10  Botswana - 1.7 million - Increase 2.0
Note: Egypt is classified under "Middle East" in the UNWTO.[2]

Americas[edit]

In 2019, there were 219.1 million international tourist arrivals to the Americas, an increase of 1.5%.[1] In 2019, the top ten destinations were:

Rank Destination International
tourist
arrivals
(2019)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2018)[1]
Change
(2018 to
2019)
(%)
Change
(2017 to
2018)
(%)
1  United States 79.3 million 79.7 million Decrease 0.6 Increase 3.3
2  Mexico 45.0 million 41.3 million Increase 9.0 Increase 5.1
3  Canada 22.1 million 21.1 million Increase 4.8 Increase 1.2
4  Argentina 7.4 million 6.9 million Increase 6.6 Increase 3.4
5  Dominican Republic 6.4 million 6.6 million Decrease 1.9 Increase 6.2
6  Brazil 6.4 million 6.6 million Decrease 4.1 Increase 0.5
7  Chile 4.5 million 5.7 million Decrease 21.1 Decrease 11.3
8  Peru 4.4 million 4.4 million Decrease 1.1 Increase 9.6
9  Cuba 4.3 million 4.7 million Decrease 9.0 Increase 2.0
10  Colombia 4.2 million 4.0 million Increase 3.4 Increase 10.7

Asia-Pacific[edit]

In 2019, there were 360.7 million international tourist arrivals to Asia-Pacific, an increase of 4.1% over 2018.[1] In 2019, the top ten destinations were:

Rank Destination International
tourist
arrivals
(2019)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2018)[1]
Change
(2018 to
2019)
(%)
Change
(2017 to
2018)
(%)
1  China 65.7 million 62.9 million Increase 4.5 Increase 3.6
2  Thailand 39.8 million 38.2 million Increase 4.3 Increase 7.3
3  Japan 32.2 million 31.2 million Increase 3.2 Increase 8.7
4  Malaysia 26.1 million 25.8 million Increase 1.0 Decrease 0.4
5  Hong Kong 23.8 million 29.3 million Decrease 18.8 Increase 4.9
6  Macau 18.6 million 18.5 million Increase 0.8 Increase 7.2
7  Vietnam 18.0 million 15.5 million Increase 16.2 Increase 19.9
8  India 17.9 million 17.4 million Increase 2.8 Increase 12.1
9  South Korea 17.5 million 15.3 million Increase 14.0 Increase 15.1
10  Indonesia 15.5 million 13.4 million Increase 15.4 Increase 3.5

Europe[edit]

In 2019, there were 744.3 million international tourist arrivals to Europe, an increase of 3.9% over 2017.[1] In 2019, the top ten destinations were:

Rank Destination International
tourist
arrivals
(2019)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2018)[1]
Change
(2018 to
2019)
(%)
Change
(2017 to
2018)
(%)
1  France - 89.4 million - Increase 2.9
2  Spain 83.7 million 82.8 million Increase 1.1 Increase 1.1
3  Italy 64.5 million 61.6 million Increase 4.8 Increase 5.7
4  Turkey 51.2 million 45.8 million Increase 11.9 Increase 21.7
5  Germany 39.6 million 38.9 million Increase 1.8 Increase 3.8
6  United Kingdom 39.4 million 38.7 million Increase 1.9 Decrease 2.2
7  Austria 31.9 million 30.8 million Increase 3.5 Increase 4.6
8  Greece 31.3 million 30.1 million Increase 4.1 Increase 10.8
9  Portugal 24.6 million 22.8 million Increase 7.9 Increase 7.5
10  Russia 24.4 million 24.6 million Decrease 0.5 Increase 0.7

Middle East[edit]

In 2019, there were 61.4 million international tourist arrivals to the Middle East (excluding Iran and Israel), an increase of 2.1% over 2018. In 2019, the top ten destinations were:

Rank Destination International
tourist
arrivals
(2019)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2018)[1]
Change
(2018 to
2019)
(%)
Change
(2017 to
2018)
(%)
1  Saudi Arabia 17.5 million 15.5 million Increase 13.0 Decrease 3.7
2  United Arab Emirates 16.7 million 15.9 million Increase 5.1 Increase 0.8
3  Egypt 13.0 million 11.3 million Increase 14.8 Increase 36.8
4  Iran 9.1 million 7.3 million Increase 24.4 Increase 49.9
5  Israel 4.6 million 4.1 million Increase 10.5 Increase 14.1
6  Jordan 4.5 million 4.2 million Increase 8.1 Increase 8.0
7  Bahrain 3.8 million 4.4 million Decrease 11.8 Decrease 0.2
8  Oman 2.5 million 2.3 million Increase 8.6 Decrease 0.6
9  Qatar 2.1 million 1.8 million Increase 17.4 Decrease 19.4
10  Lebanon 1.9 million 2.0 million Decrease 1.4 Increase 5.8
Note: Iran is classified as part of "South Asia" in the UNWTO.[2]

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

International tourism receipts[edit]

International tourism receipts grew to US$14,878 billion in 2019, corresponding to an increase in real terms of 1.6% from 2018.[1] The World Tourism Organization reports the following destinations as the top ten tourism earners for the year 2019, with the United States by far the top earner.

Rank Region International
tourism
receipts

(US$ billion)
(2019)[1]

International
tourism
receipts

(US$ billion)
(2018)[1]

Change
(local currency)
(2018 to 2019)
(%)
1  United States 214.1 214.7 Decrease 0.3%
2  Spain 79.7 81.7 Increase 2.9%
3  France 63.8 66.0 Increase 1.9%
4  Thailand 60.5 56.4 Increase 3.2%
5  United Kingdom 52.7 50.0 Increase 10.1%
6  Italy 49.6 49.3 Increase 6.2%
7  Japan 46.1 42.1 Increase 8.0%
8  Australia 45.7 45.0 Increase 9.1%
9  Germany 41.6 43.0 Increase 2.2%
10  China 40.1 40.4 Decrease 1.6%

Africa[edit]

Rank Region International
tourism
receipts
(US$ million)
(2019)[1]
1  Egypt 13,030
2  South Africa 8,384
3  Morocco 8,179
4  Tanzania 2,605
5  Tunisia 2,116
6  Mauritius 1,779
7  Uganda 1,463
8  Nigeria 1,449
9  Ghana 1,425
10  Kenya 1,072*
Note: Number for Kenya is for 2018.

Americas[edit]

Rank Region International
tourism
receipts
(US$ million)
(2019)[1]
1  United States 214,134
2  Canada 28,012
3  Mexico 24,573
4  Dominican Republic 7,468
5  Brazil 5,995
6  Colombia 5,652
7  Argentina 5,241
8  Panama 4,521
9  Bahamas 4,126
10  Costa Rica 4,010

Asia-Pacific[edit]

Rank Region International
tourism
receipts
(US$ million)
(2019)[1]
1  Thailand 60,521
2  Japan 46,054
3  Australia 45,709
4  Macau 40,060
5  China 35,832
6  India 30,720
7  Hong Kong 29,043
8  South Korea 21,628
9  Singapore 20,052
10  Malaysia 19,823

Europe[edit]

Rank Region International
tourism
receipts
(US$ million)
(2019)[1]
1  Spain 79,714
2  France 63,801
3  United Kingdom 50,437
4  Italy 49,596
5  Germany 41,638
6  Turkey 29,829
7  Austria 22,942
8  Portugal 20,633
9  Greece 20,351
10  Netherlands 18,487
11  Switzerland 17,042

Middle East[edit]

Rank Region International
tourism
receipts
(US$ million)
(2019)[1]
1  United Arab Emirates 21,800
2  Saudi Arabia 16,382
3  Egypt 13,030
4  Lebanon 8,593
5  Israel 7,600
6  Jordan 5,786
7  Qatar 5,442
8  Iran 4,402*
9  Bahrain 3,681
10  Iraq 3,593
Note: Number for Iran is for 2017.

International tourism expenditures[edit]

The World Tourism Organization reports the following source countries as the top ten spenders on international tourism for the year 2019, with China by far being the top spender:

Rank Country International
tourism
expenditure
(2019)[1]
International
tourism
expenditure
(2018)[1]
Change
(local currency)
(2017 to 2018)
(%) [1]
1  China $254.6 billion $277.3 billion Decrease 4.2
2  United States $152.3 billion $144.5 billion Increase 5.4
3  Germany $93.2 billion $95.6 billion Increase 2.9
4  United Kingdom $71.9 billion $70.9 billion Increase 6.0
5  France $51.7 billion $48.9 billion Increase 11.5
6  Russia $36.2 billion $34.3 billion Increase 5.5
7  Australia $36.0 billion $37.0 billion Increase 4.6
8  Canada $35.8 billion $34.5 billion Increase 6.1
9  South Korea $32.3 billion $35.1 billion Decrease 8.1
10  Italy $30.3 billion $30.1 billion Increase 6.3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab "UNWTO World Tourism Barometer and Statistical Annex, December 2020 | World Tourism Organization". 18. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ a b c "WTO/ Member States of Middle East". World Tourism Organization. Retrieved 16 January 2015.

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