World Tourism rankings

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The World Tourism rankings are compiled by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) 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.

International tourist arrivals by country of destination 2012[edit]

In 2012, there were 1.03 billion international tourist arrivals worldwide, with a growth of 4.0% as compared to 995 million in 2011.[1][2] The top 10 international tourism destinations in 2012 were:[3][4]

RankCountryUNWTO
Region[5]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2012)[4]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2011)[4]
Change
(2011 to
2012)
(%)
Change
(2010 to
2011)
(%)
1 FranceEurope83.0 million81.6 millionIncrease 1.8Increase 5.0
2 United StatesNorth America67.0 million62.7 millionIncrease 6.8Increase 4.9
3 ChinaAsia57.7 million57.6 millionIncrease 0.3Increase 3.4
4 SpainEurope57.7 million56.2 millionIncrease 2.7Increase 6.6
5 ItalyEurope46.4 million46.1 millionIncrease 0.5Increase 5.7
6 TurkeyEurope35.7 million34.7 millionIncrease 3.0Increase 10.5
7 GermanyEurope30.4 million28.4 millionIncrease 7.3Increase 5.5
8 United KingdomEurope29.3 million29.3 millionDecrease 0.1Increase 3.6
9 RussiaEurope25.7 million22.7 millionIncrease 13.4Increase 11.9
10 MalaysiaAsia25.0 million24.7 millionIncrease 1.3Increase 0.6
Note 1: see the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer for the full rankings.[4]
Note 2:Turkey is classified as part of Europe in the UNWTO tourism rankings geolocation scheme.[6]

Africa and the Middle East[edit]

Africa[edit]

In 2011, there were over 49.5 million international tourist arrivals to Africa, an increase of 0.8% over 2010. The top ten African destinations were:[2]

RankCountryInternational
tourist
arrivals
(2011)[4]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2010)[4]
Change
(2010 to
2011)
(%)
Change
(2009 to
2010)
(%)
1 Morocco9.3 million9.2 millionIncrease 0.6Increase 11.4
2 South Africa8.3 million8.0 millionIncrease 3.3Increase 15.1
3 Tunisia4.7 million6.9 millionDecrease 30.7Decrease 0.0
4 Zimbabwe2.4 million2.2 millionIncrease 8.2Increase 11.0
5 Algeria2.3 million2.0 millionIncrease 15.7Increase 8.3
6 Kenya1.7 million1.4 millionIncrease 19.1Increase 5.6
7 Uganda1.1 million0.9 millionIncrease 21.7Increase 17.3
8 Namibia1.0 million0.9 millionIncrease 4.4Increase 0.4
9 Senegal1.0 million0.9 millionIncrease 11.2Increase 11.1
10 Mauritius0.9 million0.9 millionIncrease 3.2Increase 7.3

Middle East[edit]

In 2011, there were over 54.9 million international tourist arrivals to the Middle East, a decrease of 5.6% over 2010. In 2011, the top ten destinations were:[2][7]

RankCountryInternational
tourist
arrivals
(2011)[4]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2010)[4]
Change
(2010 to
2011)
(%)
Change
(2009 to
2010)
(%)
1 Saudi Arabia17.4 million10.8 millionIncrease 61.3Decrease 0.4
2 Egypt9.4 million14.0 millionDecrease 32.4Increase 17.9
3 United Arab Emirates8.1 million7.4 millionIncrease 9.4Increase 9.1
4 Syria5.0 million8.5 millionDecrease 40.7Increase 40.3
5 Jordan3.9 million4.2 millionDecrease 5.9Increase 11.0
6 Iran3.3 million2.9 millionIncrease 14.2Increase 38.8
7 Israel2.8 million2.8 millionIncrease 0.6Increase 20.8
8 Qatar2.5 million1.5 millionIncrease 66.4Decrease 8.4
9 Lebanon1.6 million2.1 millionDecrease 23.7Increase 17.6
10 Yemen0.8 million1.0 millionDecrease 19.1Decrease 0.3
Note 1: Africa and the Middle East are classified together as one region by the UNWTO.[4]
Note 2: Israel is classified under the "Southern/Mediter. Eu." subregion and
Iran is classified under the "Asia and the Pacific" by the UNWTO.[8]

The Americas[edit]

In 2012, there were over 163.1 million international tourist arrivals to the Americas, an increase of 4.6% over 2011. In 2012, the top ten destinations were:[9]

RankCountryInternational
tourist
arrivals
(2012)[4]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2011)[4]
Change
(2011 to
2012)
(%)
Change
(2010 to
2011)
(%)
1 United States67.0 million62.7 millionIncrease 6.8Increase 4.9
2 Mexico23.4 million23.4 millionDecrease 0.0Increase 0.5
3 Canada16.3 million16.0 millionIncrease 1.8Decrease 1.3
4 Brazil5.6 million5.4 millionIncrease 4.5Increase 5.3
5 Argentina5.5 million5.7 millionDecrease 1.9Increase 7.1
6 Dominican Republic4.5 million4.3 millionIncrease 5.9Increase 4.4
7 Chile3.5 million3.1 millionIncrease 13.3Increase 12.0
 Puerto Rico3.0 million3.0 millionIncrease 0.7Decrease 4.3
8 Peru2.8 million2.5 millionIncrease 9.5Increase 13.0
9 Uruguay2.6 million2.8 millionDecrease 5.7Increase 21.6
10 Costa Rica2.3 million2.1 millionIncrease 6.9Increase 4.4

Asia and the Pacific[edit]

In 2012, there were over 233.5 million international tourist arrivals to Asia and the Pacific, an increase of 7.0% over 2011. In 2012, the top ten destinations were:[4]

RankCountryInternational
tourist
arrivals
(2012)[4]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2011)[4]
Change
(2011 to
2012)
(%)
Change
(2010 to
2011)
(%)
1 China57.7 million57.6 millionIncrease 0.3Increase 3.4
2 Malaysia25.0 million24.7 millionIncrease 1.3Increase 0.6
 Hong Kong, China23.7 million22.3 millionIncrease 6.5Increase 11.1
3 Thailand22.3 million19.2 millionIncrease 16.2Increase 20.7
 Macau, China13.5 million12.9 millionIncrease 5.0Increase 8.4
4 South Korea11.1 million9.7 millionIncrease 13.7Increase 11.3
5 Japan8.3 million6.2 millionIncrease 34.6Decrease 27.8
6 Indonesia8.0 million7.6 millionIncrease 5.2Increase 9.2
7 Taiwan7.3 million6.0 millionIncrease 20.1Increase 9.3
8 Vietnam6.8 million6.0 millionIncrease 13.9Increase 19.1
9 India6.6 million6.3 millionIncrease 5.4Increase 9.2
10 Australia6.1 million5.8 millionIncrease 4.6Decrease 0.2

Europe[edit]

In 2012, there were over 534.17 million international tourist arrivals to Europe, an increase of 3.4% over 2011. In 2012, the top ten destinations were:[2]

RankCountryInternational
tourist
arrivals
(2012)[4]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2011)[4]
Change
(2011 to
2012)
(%)
Change
(2010 to
2011)
(%)
1 France83.0 million81.6 millionIncrease 1.8Increase 5.0
2 Spain57.7 million56.2 millionIncrease 2.7Increase 6.6
3 Italy46.4 million46.1 millionIncrease 0.5Increase 5.7
4 Turkey35.7 million34.7 millionIncrease 3.0Increase 10.5
5 Germany30.4 million28.4 millionIncrease 7.3Increase 5.5
6 United Kingdom29.3 million29.3 millionDecrease 0.1Increase 3.6
7 Russia25.7 million22.7 millionIncrease 13.4Increase 11.9
8 Austria24.1 million23.0 millionIncrease 4.9Increase 4.6
9 Ukraine23.0 million21.4 millionIncrease 7.5Increase 1.0
10 Greece15.5 million16.4 millionDecrease 5.5Increase 9.5

International tourism receipts 2012[edit]

International tourism receipts grew to US$1.07 trillion (€837 billion) in 2012, corresponding to an increase in real terms of 4.0% from 2011.[1] The World Tourism Organization reports the following countries as the top ten tourism earners for the year 2012, with the United States by far the top earner.

RankCountryUNWTO
Region[10]
International
tourism
receipts
(2012)[4]
International
tourism
receipts
(2011)[11]
Change
(2011 to
2012)
(%)
Change
(2010 to
2011)
(%)
1 United StatesNorth America$126.2 billion$115.6 billionIncrease 9.2Increase 11.7
2 SpainEurope$55.9 billion$59.9 billionDecrease 6.6Increase 14.0
3 FranceEurope$53.7 billion$54.5 billionDecrease 1.5Increase 16.2
4 ChinaAsia$50.0 billion$48.5 billionIncrease 3.2Increase 5.8
 Macau, ChinaAsia$43.7 billion$38.5 billionIncrease 13.7Increase 38.3
5 ItalyEurope$41.2 billion$43.0 billionDecrease 4.2Increase 10.9
6 GermanyEurope$38.1 billion$38.9 billionDecrease 1.9Increase 12.1
7 United KingdomEurope$36.4 billion$35.1 billionIncrease 3.7Increase 8.2
 Hong Kong, ChinaAsia$32.1 billion$27.7 billionIncrease 16.0Increase 24.6
8 AustraliaOceania$31.5 billion$31.5 billionIncrease 0.2Increase 8.1
9 ThailandAsia$30.0 billion$27.1 billionIncrease 9.6Increase 25.9
10 TurkeyEurope$25.6 billion$25.0 billionIncrease 2.4Increase 10.1

International tourism expenditure 2012[edit]

The World Tourism Organization reports the following countries as the top ten biggest spenders on international tourism for the year 2012.[2]

RankCountryUNWTO
Region[12]
International
tourism
expenditure
(2012)[4]
International
tourism
expenditure
(2011)[4]
Market
Share
(%)
Change
(2011 to
2012)
(%)
1 ChinaAsia$102.0 billion$72.6 billion9.5Increase 28.9
2 GermanyEurope$83.8 billion$85.9 billion7.8Decrease 2.5
3 United StatesNorth America$83.5 billion$78.2 billion7.8Increase 6.4
4 United KingdomEurope$52.3 billion$51.0 billion4.9Increase 2.5
5 RussiaEurope$42.8 billion$32.9 billion4.0Increase 23.2
6 FranceEurope$37.2 billion$44.1 billion3.5Decrease 15.7
7 CanadaNorth America$35.1 billion$33.3 billion3.3Increase 5.2
8 JapanAsia$27.9 billion$27.2 billion2.6Increase 2.6
9 AustraliaOceania$27.6 billion$26.7 billion2.6Increase 3.3
10 ItalyEurope$26.4 billion$28.7 billion2.5Decrease 8.1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "International tourism receipts surpass US$ 1 trillion in 2011" (Press release). UNWTO. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "2012 Tourism Highlights". UNWTO. July 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Interim Update". UNWTO World Tourism Barometer (UNWTO). April 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "2013 Tourism Highlights". World Tourism Organization. July 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  5. ^ See [1] Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  6. ^ "WTO/ Member States of Europe". World Tourism Organization. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  7. ^ "Recovery Confirmed, but Growth Remains Uneven". UNWTO World Tourism Barometer (UNWTO) 8 (2). June 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "WTO/ Member States of Europe". World Tourism Organization. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  9. ^ "Interim Update". UNWTO World Tourism Barometer (UNWTO). July 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  10. ^ See [2] Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  11. ^ "World's top destinations by international tourism receipts". World Tourism Barometer. UNWTO. July 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  12. ^ See [3] Retrieved 14 November 2012.

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