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):

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 76.9 million 76.4 million Increase 0.7 Decrease 1.8
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, 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 76.9 million 76.4 million Increase 0.7 Decrease 1.8
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 Portugal 21.2 million 18.2 million Increase 16.5

Middle East[edit]

In 2016, there were 55.6 million international tourist arrivals to the Middle East (excluding Turkey, Iran and Israel), a decrease of 4.4% over 2015. Preliminary numbers for 2017 indicate an increase of 4.6%.[1] In 2016, the top ten destinations were:

Rank Destination International
tourist
arrivals
(2016)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2015)[2]
Change
(2015 to
2016)
(%)
Change
(2014 to
2015)
(%)
1 Turkey 30.3 million 39.5 million Decrease 23.3 Increase 5.3
2 Saudi Arabia 18.0 million 18.0 million Increase 0.3 Decrease 1.5
3 United Arab Emirates 14.9 million 14.2 million Increase 4.7 Increase 7.6
4 Egypt 5.3 million 9.1 million Decrease 42.5 Decrease 5.1
5 Iran 4.9 million 5.2 million Decrease 5.6 Increase 5.4
6 Jordan 3.6 million 3.8 million Decrease 5.2 Decrease 5.7
7 Qatar 2.9 million 2.9 million Decrease 0.1 Increase 3.7
8 Israel 2.9 million 2.8 million Increase 3.6 Decrease 4.4
9 Oman 2.3 million 1.9 million Increase 20.1 Increase 17.8
10 Lebanon 1.7 million 1.5 million Increase 11.2 Increase 12.1
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$1,340 billion in 2017, corresponding to an increase in real terms of 4.9% from 2016.[1] The World Tourism Organization reports the following destinations as the top ten tourism earners for the year 2017, with the United States by far the top earner.

Rank Region International
tourism
receipts

(US$ billion) (2017)[1]

International
tourism
receipts

(US$ billion)
(2016)[1]

Change
(2016 to
2017)
(%)
1 United States 210.7 206.9 Increase 1.9%
2 Spain 68.0 60.5 Increase 10.1%
3 France 60.7 54.5 Increase 9.0%
4 Thailand 57.5 48.8 Increase 13.1%
5 United Kingdom 51.2 47.9 Increase 12.1%
6 Italy 44.2 40.2 Increase 7.7%
7 Australia 41.7 37.0 Increase 9.3%
8 Germany 39.8 37.5 Increase 4.2%
9 Macau 35.6 30.4 Increase 17.6%
10 Japan 34.1 30.7 Increase 14.4%

Africa[edit]

Rank Region International
tourism
receipts
(US$ million)
(2017)[1]
1 South Africa 8,818
2 Egypt 7,775
3 Morocco 7,417
4 Nigeria 2,549
5 Tanzania 2,339
6 Mauritius 1,748
7 Tunisia 1,299
8 Sudan 1,029
9 Kenya 926
10 Uganda 918

Americas[edit]

Rank Region International
tourism
receipts
(US$ million)
(2017)[1]
1 United States 210,747
2 Mexico 21,333
3 Canada 20,328
4 Dominican Republic 7,178
5 Brazil 5,809
6 Argentina 5,060
7 Colombia 4,821
8 Panama 4,452
9 Puerto Rico 4,090
10 Costa Rica 3,876

Asia-Pacific[edit]

Rank Region International
tourism
receipts
(US$ million)
(2017)[1]
1 Thailand 57,477
2 Australia 41,732
3 Macau 35,575
4 Japan 34,054
5 Hong Kong 33,304
6 China 32,617
7 India 27,365
8 Singapore 19,707
9 Malaysia 18,323
10 South Korea 13,427

Europe[edit]

Rank Region International
tourism
receipts
(US$ million)
(2017)[1]
1 Spain 67,964
2 France 60,681
3 United Kingdom 51,211
4 Italy 44,233
5 Germany 39,823
6 Turkey 22,478
7 Austria 20,400
8 Switzerland 17,003
9 Greece 16,528
10 Netherlands 15,867

Middle East[edit]

Rank Region International
tourism
receipts
(US$ million)
(2017)[1]
1 Turkey 22,478
2 United Arab Emirates 21,048
3 Saudi Arabia 12,056
4 Lebanon 7,611
5 Egypt 7,775
6 Israel 6,821
7 Qatar 5,971
8 Jordan 4,639
9 Iran 3,713*
10 Iraq 2,423*
Note: Numbers for Iran and Iraq are for 2016.

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, with China by far being the top spender:

Rank Country International
tourism
expenditure
(2017)[1]
International
tourism
expenditure
(2016)[4]
Change
(2016 to
2017)
(%) [1]
1 China $257.7 billion $250.1 billion Increase 4.7
2 United States $135.0 billion $123.6 billion Increase 9.3
3 Germany $89.1 billion $79.8 billion Increase 9.4
4 United Kingdom $71.4 billion $64.8 billion Increase 2.4
5 France $41.4 billion $40.3 billion Increase 0.8
6 Australia $34.2 billion $30.8 billion Increase 7.7
7 Canada $31.8 billion $28.7 billion Increase 8.5
8 Russia $31.1 billion $24.0 billion Increase 29.7
9 South Korea $30.6 billion $27.2 billion Increase 12.3
10 Italy $27.7 billion $25.0 billion Increase 8.9

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 "UNWTO Tourism Highlights: 2018 Edition | World Tourism Organization".
  2. ^ a b "UNWTO Tourism Highlights 2017 Edition | World Tourism Organization".
  3. ^ a b c "WTO/ Member States of Middle East". World Tourism Organization. Retrieved 2015-01-16.
  4. ^ "UNWTO World Tourism Barometer April 2018" (PDF).

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