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.

Most-visited countries by international tourist arrivals in 2013[edit]

2013 World’s Top 10 Tourism Destinations

In 2013, there were 1.087 billion international tourist arrivals worldwide, with a growth of 5.0% as compared to 1.03 billion in 2012.[1][2] The top 10 international tourism destinations in 2013 were:[3][4]

RankCountryUNWTO
Region[5]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2013)[4]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2012)[4]
Change
(2012 to
2013)
(%)
Change
(2011 to
2012)
(%)
1 FranceEurope83.0 millionIncrease 1.8
2 United StatesNorth America69.8 million66.7 millionIncrease 4.7Increase 6.3
3 SpainEurope60.7 million57.5 millionIncrease 5.6Increase 2.3
4 ChinaAsia55.7 million57.7 millionDecrease 3.5Increase 0.3
5 ItalyEurope47.7 million46.4 millionIncrease 2.9Increase 0.5
6 TurkeyEurope37.8 million35.7 millionIncrease 5.9Increase 3.0
7 GermanyEurope31.5 million30.4 millionIncrease 3.7Increase 7.3
8 United KingdomEurope31.2 million29.3 millionIncrease 6.4Decrease 0.1
9 RussiaEurope28.4 million25.7 millionIncrease 10.2Increase 13.5
10 ThailandAsia26.5 million22.4 millionIncrease 18.8Increase 16.2
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 2013, there were over 55.7 million international tourist arrivals to Africa, an increase of 5.4% over 2012. In 2013, the top ten African destinations were:[2]

RankCountryInternational
tourist
arrivals
(2013)[4]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2012)[4]
Change
(2012 to
2013)
(%)
Change
(2011 to
2012)
(%)
1 Morocco10.0 million9.3 millionIncrease 7.2Increase 0.4
2 South Africa9.5 million9.1 millionIncrease 3.5Increase 10.2
3 Tunisia6.2 million5.9 millionIncrease 5.3Increase 24.4
4 Algeria2.7 million2.6 millionIncrease 3.7Increase 10.0
5 Mozambique2.1 millionIncrease 11.1
6 Zimbabwe1.8 million1.7 millionIncrease 2.1Decrease 26.0
7 Kenya1.6 millionDecrease 7.5
8 Uganda1.2 million1.1 millionIncrease 0.8Increase 3.9
9 Swaziland1.0 millionIncrease 24.2
10 Tanzania1.0 millionIncrease 23.7

Middle East[edit]

In 2013, there were over 51.5 million international tourist arrivals to the Middle East, a decrease of -0.2% over 2012. In 2013, the top ten destinations were:[2][7]

RankCountryInternational
tourist
arrivals
(2013)[4]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2012)[4]
Change
(2012 to
2013)
(%)
Change
(2011 to
2012)
(%)
1 Saudi Arabia13.2 million14.2 millionDecrease 7.4Decrease 18.4
2 United Arab Emirates9.9 million8.9 millionIncrease 11.3Increase 10.4
3 Egypt9.1 million11.1 millionDecrease 18.1Increase 17.9
4 Jordan3.9 million4.1 millionDecrease 5.2Increase 5.1
5 Iran3.8 millionIncrease 14.3
6 Israel2.9 million2.8 millionIncrease 2.6Increase 2.3
7 Oman1.9 millionIncrease 48.0
8 Lebanon1.2 million1.3 millionDecrease 6.7Decrease 17.5
9 Qatar1.1 millionDecrease 53.7
10 Yemen0.8 millionIncrease 5.4
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 2013, there were over 167.9 million international tourist arrivals to the Americas, an increase of 3.2% over 2012. In 2013, the top ten destinations were:[9]

RankCountryInternational
tourist
arrivals
(2013)[4]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2012)[4]
Change
(2012 to
2013)
(%)
Change
(2011 to
2012)
(%)
1 United States69.8 million66.7 millionIncrease 4.7Increase 6.3
2 Mexico23.7 million23.4 millionIncrease 1.4Steady 0.0
3 Canada16.5 million16.3 millionIncrease 1.5Increase 2.0
4 Brazil5.6 millionIncrease 4.5
5 Argentina5.5 million5.5 millionDecrease 0.3Decrease 2.1
6 Dominican Republic4.6 million4.5 millionIncrease 2.8Increase 5.9
7 Chile3.5 million3.5 millionIncrease 0.6Increase 13.3
 Puerto Rico3.2 million3.0 millionIncrease 4.3Increase 0.7
8 Peru3.1 million2.8 millionIncrease 11.2Increase 9.5
9 Cuba2.8 millionIncrease 4.7
10 Uruguay2.6 million2.6 millionDecrease 0.4Decrease 5.7

Asia and the Pacific[edit]

In 2013, there were over 248.0 million international tourist arrivals to Asia and the Pacific, an increase of 6.2% over 2012. In 2013, the top ten destinations were:[4]

RankCountryInternational
tourist
arrivals
(2013)[4]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2012)[4]
Change
(2012 to
2013)
(%)
Change
(2011 to
2012)
(%)
1 China55.7 million57.7 millionDecrease 3.5Increase 0.3
2 Thailand26.5 million22.4 millionIncrease 18.8Increase 16.2
3 Malaysia25.7 million25.0 millionIncrease 2.7Increase 1.3
 Hong Kong, China25.6 million23.7 millionIncrease 8.0Increase 6.5
 Macau, China14.2 million13.5 millionIncrease 5.1Increase 5.0
4 South Korea12.1 million11.1 millionIncrease 9.3Increase 13.7
5 Singapore11.0 millionDecrease 6.8
6 Japan10.3 million8.3 millionIncrease 24.0Increase 34.4
7 Indonesia8.8 million8.0 millionIncrease 9.4Increase 5.2
8 Taiwan8.0 million7.3 millionIncrease 9.6Increase 20.1
9 Vietnam7.5 million6.8 millionIncrease 10.6Increase 9.5
10 India6.8 million6.5 millionIncrease 4.1Decrease 4.3

Europe[edit]

In 2013, there were over 563.44 million international tourist arrivals to Europe, an increase of 5.4% over 2012. In 2013, the top ten destinations were:[2]

RankCountryInternational
tourist
arrivals
(2013)[4]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2012)[4]
Change
(2012 to
2013)
(%)
Change
(2011 to
2012)
(%)
1 France83.0 millionIncrease 1.8
2 Spain60.7 million57.5 millionIncrease 4.7Increase 6.3
3 Italy47.7 million46.4 millionIncrease 2.9Increase 0.5
4 Turkey37.8 million35.7 millionIncrease 5.9Increase 3.0
5 Germany31.5 million30.4 millionIncrease 3.7Increase 7.3
6 United Kingdom31.2 million29.3 millionIncrease 6.4Decrease 0.1
7 Russia28.4 million25.7 millionIncrease 10.2Increase 13.5
8 Austria24.8 million24.1 millionIncrease 2.7Increase 4.9
9 Ukraine24.6 million23.0 millionIncrease 7.2Increase 7.5
10 Greece17.9 million15.5 millionIncrease 15.5Decrease 5.5

International tourism receipts in 2013[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
(2013)[4]
International
tourism
receipts
(2012)[11]
Change
(2012 to
2013)
(%)
Change
(2011 to
2012)
(%)
1 United StatesNorth America$139.6 billion$126.2 billionIncrease 10.6Increase 9.2
2 SpainEurope$60.4 billion$56.3 billionIncrease 7.4Decrease 6.3
3 FranceEurope$56.1 billion$53.6 billionIncrease 4.8Decrease 2.2
4 ChinaAsia$51.7 billion$50.0 billionIncrease 3.3Increase 3.2
 Macau, ChinaAsia$51.6 billion$43.7 billionIncrease 18.1Increase 13.7
5 ItalyEurope$43.9 billion$41.2 billionIncrease 6.6Decrease 4.2
6 ThailandAsia$42.1 billion$33.8 billionIncrease 24.4Increase 24.4
7 GermanyEurope$41.2 billion$38.1 billionIncrease 8.1Decrease 1.9
8 United KingdomEurope$40.6 billion$36.2 billionIncrease 12.1Increase 3.3
 Hong Kong, ChinaAsia$38.9 billion$33.1 billionIncrease 17.7Increase 16.2
9 AustraliaOceania$30.9 billion$31.7 billionDecrease 2.8Increase 4.5
10 TurkeyEurope$27.9 billion$25.3 billionIncrease 6.8Increase 2.4

International tourism expenditure in 2013[edit]

The World Tourism Organization reports the following countries as the top ten biggest spenders on international tourism for the year 2013.[2]

RankCountryUNWTO
Region[12]
International
tourism
expenditure
(2013)[4]
International
tourism
expenditure
(2012)[4]
Market
Share
(%)
Change
(2012 to
2013)
(%)
1 ChinaAsia$128.6 billion$102.0 billion11.1Increase 23.8
2 United StatesNorth America$86.2 billion$83.5 billion7.4Increase 3.3
3 GermanyEurope$85.9 billion$81.3 billion7.4Increase 2.3
4 RussiaEurope$53.5 billion$42.8 billion4.6Increase 28.9
5 United KingdomEurope$52.6 billion$51.3 billion4.5Increase 3.5
6 FranceEurope$42.4 billion$39.1 billion3.7Increase 4.9
7 CanadaNorth America$35.2 billion$35.0 billion3.0Increase 3.2
8 AustraliaOceania$28.4 billion$28.0 billion2.4Increase 8.8
9 ItalyEurope$27.0 billion$26.4 billion2.3Decrease 1.0
10 BrazilSouth America$25.1 billion$22.2 billion2.2Increase 12.9

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 "2014 Tourism Highlights". World Tourism Organization. 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  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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