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 annually. 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 2018, there were 1.401 billion international tourist arrivals worldwide, with a growth of 5.4% as compared to 2017.[1] The top 10 international tourism destinations in 2018 were (2018 numbers are preliminary):

Rank Destination International
tourist
arrivals
(2018)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2017)[1]
Change
(2017 to
2018)
(%)
Change
(2016 to
2017)
(%)
1 France 89.4 million 86.9 million Increase 2.9 Increase 5.1
2 Spain 82.8 million 81.9 million Increase 1.1 Increase 8.7
3 United States 79.6 million 76.9 million Increase 3.5 Increase 0.7
4 China 62.9 million 60.7 million Increase 3.6 Increase 2.5
5 Italy 62.1 million 58.2 million Increase 6.7 Increase 11.2
6 Turkey 45.8 million 37.6 million Increase 21.7 Increase 24.1
7 Mexico 41.4 million 39.3 million Increase 5.5 Increase 12.0
8 Germany 38.9 million 37.5 million Increase 3.8 Increase 5.2
9 Thailand 38.3 million 35.5 million Increase 7.9 Increase 9.1
10 United Kingdom 36.3 million 37.6 million Decrease 3.5 Increase 5.1

Africa[edit]

In 2017, there were over 62.7 million international tourist arrivals to Africa, an increase of 8.5% from 2016. Preliminary numbers for 2018 indicate a similar increase.[1]

In 2017, the top ten African destinations were:

Rank Destination International
tourist
arrivals
(2017)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2016)[2]
Change
(2016 to
2017)
(%)
Change
(2015 to
2016)
(%)
1 Morocco 11.3 million 10.3 million Increase 9.8 Increase 1.5
2 South Africa 10.3 million 10.0 million Increase 2.4 Increase 12.8
3 Egypt 8.3 million 5.3 million Increase 53.6 Decrease 42.5
4 Tunisia 7.1 million 5.7 million Increase 23.2 Increase 6.8
5 Algeria 2.5 million 2.0 million Increase 20.2 Increase 19.2
6 Zimbabwe 2.4 million 2.2 million Increase 11.8 Increase 5.4
7 Ivory Coast 1.8 million 1.6 million Increase 13.7 Increase 9.9
8 Botswana 1.6 million 1.5 million Increase 5.5
9 Namibia 1.5 million 1.5 million Increase 2.0 Increase 5.8
10 Mozambique 1.4 million 1.6 million Decrease 11.7 Increase 5.6
Note: Egypt is classified under "Middle East" in the UNWTO.[3]

Americas[edit]

In 2018, there were 215.7 million international tourist arrivals to the Americas, an increase of 2.3%.[1] In 2018, the top ten destinations were (2018 numbers are preliminary):

Rank Destination International
tourist
arrivals
(2018)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2017)[1]
Change
(2017 to
2018)
(%)
Change
(2016 to
2017)
(%)
1 United States 79.6 million 76.9 million Increase 3.5 Increase 0.7
2 Mexico 41.4 million 39.3 million Increase 5.5 Increase 12.0
3 Canada 21.1 million 20.9 million Increase 1.2 Increase 4.6
4 Argentina 6.9 million 6.7 million Increase 3.4 Increase 0.8
5 Brazil 6.6 million 6.6 million Increase 0.5 Increase 0.6
6 Dominican Republic 6.6 million 6.2 million Increase 6.2 Increase 3.48
7 Chile 5.7 million 6.5 million Decrease 11.3 Increase 14.3
8 Cuba 4.7 million 4.6 million Increase 0.2 Increase 15.6
9 Peru 4.4 million 4.0 million Increase 9.6 Increase 7.7
10 Colombia 3.9 million 3.6 million Increase 7.4 Increase 9.5

Asia-Pacific[edit]

In 2018, there were over 347 million international tourist arrivals to Asia-Pacific, an increase of 7.3% over 2017.[1] In 2018, the top ten destinations were (2018 numbers are preliminary):

Rank Destination International
tourist
arrivals
(2018)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2017)[1]
Change
(2017 to
2018)
(%)
Change
(2016 to
2017)
(%)
1 China 62.9 million 60.7 million Increase 3.6 Increase 2.5
2 Thailand 38.3 million 35.5 million Increase 6.8 Increase 8.8
3 Japan 31.2 million 28.7 million Increase 8.7 Increase 19.4
4 Hong Kong 29.3 million 27.9 million Increase 4.9 Increase 5.0
5 Malaysia 25.8 million 25.9 million Decrease 0.4 Decrease 3.0
6 Macau 18.5 million 17.3 million Increase 7.2 Increase 9.9
7 India 17.4 million 15.5 million Increase 12.1 Increase 6.7
8 Vietnam 15.5 million 12.9 million Increase 19.9 Increase 29.1
9 South Korea 15.3 million 13.3 million Increase 15.1 Decrease 22.7
10 Singapore 14.7 million 13.9 million Increase 5.5 Increase 7.7

Europe[edit]

In 2018, there were around 710 million international tourist arrivals to Europe, an increase of 5.5% over 2017.[1] In 2018, the top ten destinations were (2018 numbers are preliminary):

Rank Destination International
tourist
arrivals
(2018)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2017)[1]
Change
(2017 to
2018)
(%)
Change
(2016 to
2017)
(%)
1 France 89.4 million 86.9 million Increase 2.9 Increase 5.1
2 Spain 82.8 million 81.9 million Increase 1.1 Increase 8.7
3 Italy 62.1 million 58.3 million Increase 6.7 Increase 11.2
4 Turkey 45.8 million 37.6 million Increase 21.7 Increase 24.1
5 Germany 38.9 million 37.5 million Increase 3.8 Increase 5.2
6 United Kingdom 36.3 million 37.7 million Decrease 3.5 Increase 5.1
7 Austria 30.8 million 29.5 million Increase 4.6 Increase 4.8
8 Greece 30.1 million 27.2 million Increase 10.8 Increase 9.7
9 Russia 24.6 million 24.4 million Increase 0.7 Decrease 0.7
10 Portugal 22.8 million 21.2 million Increase 7.5 Increase 16.5

Middle East[edit]

In 2017, there were 57.7 million international tourist arrivals to the Middle East (excluding Turkey, Iran and Israel), an increase of 4.1% over 2016. Preliminary numbers for 2018 indicate an similar increase.[1] In 2017, the top ten destinations were:

Rank Destination International
tourist
arrivals
(2017)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2016)[2]
Change
(2016 to
2017)
(%)
Change
(2015 to
2016)
(%)
1 Turkey 37.6 million 30.3 million Increase 24.1 Decrease 23.3
2 Saudi Arabia 16.1 million 18.0 million Decrease 10.7 Increase 0.3
3 United Arab Emirates 15.8 million 14.9 million Increase 6.2 Increase 4.7
4 Egypt 8.3 million 5.3 million Increase 53.6 Decrease 42.5
5 Iran 4.9 million 4.9 million Decrease 1.5 Decrease 5.6
6 Bahrain 4.4 million 4.0 million Increase 9.6 Increase 0.7
7 Jordan 3.8 million 3.6 million Increase 7.7 Decrease 5.2
8 Israel 3.6 million 2.9 million Increase 24.6 Decrease 3.6
9 Oman 2.4 million 2.3 million Increase 1.6 Increase 20.1
10 Qatar 2.3 million 2.9 million Decrease 23.2 Decrease 0.1
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$1,451 billion in 2018, corresponding to an increase in real terms of 4.4% from 2017.[1] The World Tourism Organization reports the following destinations as the top ten tourism earners for the year 2018, with the United States by far the top earner.

Rank Region International
tourism
receipts

(US$ billion)
(2018)[1]

International
tourism
receipts

(US$ billion)
(2017)[2]

Change
(2017 to
2018)
(%)
1 United States 214.5 210.7 Increase 1.8%
2 Spain 73.8 68.1 Increase 8.4%
3 France 67.3 60.7 Increase 10.9%
4 Thailand 63.0 56.9 Increase 10.7%
5 United Kingdom 51.9 49.0 Increase 5.9%
6 Italy 49.3 44.2 Increase 11.5%
7 Australia 45.0 41.7 Increase 7.9%
8 Germany 43.0 39.8 Increase 8.0%
9 Japan 41.1 34.1 Increase 20.5%
10 China 40.4 38.6 Increase 4.7%

Africa[edit]

Rank Region International
tourism
receipts
(US$ million)
(2018)[1]
1 Egypt 11,615
2 South Africa 8,939
3 Morocco 7,775
4 Tanzania 2,449
5 Nigeria 1,962
6 Mauritius 1,887
7 Tunisia 1,713
8 Sudan 1,043
9 Uganda 1,037
10 Kenya 919*
Note: Number for Kenya is for 2017.

Americas[edit]

Rank Region International
tourism
receipts
(US$ million)
(2018)[1]
1 United States 214,468
2 Mexico 22,510
3 Canada 21,936
4 Dominican Republic 7,561
5 Brazil 5,917
6 Argentina 5,558
7 Colombia 5,556
8 Panama 4,608
9 Peru 3,947
10 Costa Rica 3,903

Asia-Pacific[edit]

Rank Region International
tourism
receipts
(US$ million)
(2018)[1]
1 Thailand 63,042
2 Australia 45,035
3 Japan 41,115
4 China 40,386
5 Macau 40,187
6 Hong Kong 36,703
7 India 28,568
8 Singapore 20,528
9 Malaysia 19,143
10 South Korea 15,319

Europe[edit]

Rank Region International
tourism
receipts
(US$ million)
(2018)[1]
1 Spain 73,765
2 France 67,370
3 United Kingdom 51,882
4 Italy 49,262
5 Germany 42,977
6 Turkey 25,220
7 Austria 22,979
8 Portugal 19,621
9 Greece 19,029
10 Netherlands 18,641

Middle East[edit]

Rank Region International
tourism
receipts
(US$ million)
(2018)[1]
1 Turkey 25,220
2 United Arab Emirates 21,375
3 Saudi Arabia 12,038
4 Egypt 11,615
5 Lebanon 8,400
6 Israel 7,241
7 Qatar 5,565
8 Jordan 5,249
9 Iran 4,402*
10 Bahrain 3,642*
Note: Numbers for Iran and Bahrain are 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 2018, with China by far being the top spender:

Rank Country International
tourism
expenditure
(2018)[1]
International
tourism
expenditure
(2017)[2]
Change
(2017 to
2018)
(%) [1]
1 China $277 billion $257.7 billion Increase 5
2 United States $144 billion $135.0 billion Increase 7
3 Germany $94 billion $89.1 billion Increase 1
4 United Kingdom $76 billion $71.4 billion Increase 3
5 France $48 billion $41.4 billion Increase 11
6 Australia $37 billion $34.2 billion Increase 10
7 Russia $35 billion $31.1 billion Increase 11
8 Canada $33 billion $31.8 billion Increase 4
9 South Korea $32 billion $30.6 billion Increase 1
10 Italy $30 billion $27.7 billion Increase 4

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 "UNWTO Tourism Highlights: 2019 Edition | World Tourism Organization". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ a b c d "UNWTO Tourism Highlights: 2018 Edition | World Tourism Organization". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ a b c "WTO/ Member States of Middle East". World Tourism Organization. Retrieved 16 January 2015.

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