World Tourism rankings

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 arrivalsEdit

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 -   2.9
2   Spain 83.5 million 82.8 million   0.8   1.1
3   United States 79.3 million 79.7 million   0.6   3.3
4   China 65.7 million 62.9 million   4.5   3.6
5   Italy 64.5 million 61.6 million   4.8   5.7
6   Turkey 51.2 million 45.8 million   11.9   21.7
7   Mexico 45.0 million 41.3 million   9.0   5.1
8   Thailand 39.8 million 38.2 million   4.3   7.3
9   Germany 39.6 million 38.9 million   1.8   3.8
10   United Kingdom 39.4 million 38.7 million   1.9   2.2

AfricaEdit

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   14.8   36.8
2   Morocco 12.9 million 12.3 million   5.2   8.3
3   South Africa 10.2 million 10.5 million   2.3   1.8
4   Tunisia 9.4 million 8.3 million   13.6   17.7
5   Algeria 2.4 million 2.7 million   10.8   8.4
6   Zimbabwe 2.3 million 2.6 million   10.8   5.9
7   Mozambique 2.0 million 2.7 million   26.4   89.6
8   Ivory Coast - 2.0 million -   9.2
9   Kenya - 1.9 million -   15.4
10   Botswana - 1.7 million -   2.0
Note: Egypt is classified under "Middle East" in the UNWTO.[2]

AmericasEdit

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   0.6   3.3
2   Mexico 45.0 million 41.3 million   9.0   5.1
3   Canada 22.1 million 21.1 million   4.8   1.2
4   Argentina 7.4 million 6.9 million   6.6   3.4
5   Dominican Republic 6.4 million 6.6 million   1.9   6.2
6   Brazil 6.4 million 6.6 million   4.1   0.5
7   Chile 4.5 million 5.7 million   21.1   11.3
8   Peru 4.4 million 4.4 million   1.1   9.6
9   Cuba 4.3 million 4.7 million   9.0   2.0
10   Colombia 4.2 million 4.0 million   3.4   10.7

Asia-PacificEdit

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   4.5   3.6
2   Thailand 39.8 million 38.2 million   4.3   7.3
3   Japan 32.2 million 31.2 million   3.2   8.7
4   Malaysia 26.1 million 25.8 million   1.0   0.4
5   Hong Kong 23.8 million 29.3 million   18.8   4.9
6   Macau 18.6 million 18.5 million   0.8   7.2
7   Vietnam 18.0 million 15.5 million   16.2   19.9
8   India 17.9 million 17.4 million   2.8   12.1
9   South Korea 17.5 million 15.3 million   14.0   15.1
10   Indonesia 15.5 million 13.4 million   15.4   3.5

EuropeEdit

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 -   2.9
2   Spain 83.7 million 82.8 million   1.1   1.1
3   Italy 64.5 million 61.6 million   4.8   5.7
4   Turkey 51.2 million 45.8 million   11.9   21.7
5   Germany 39.6 million 38.9 million   1.8   3.8
6   United Kingdom 39.4 million 38.7 million   1.9   2.2
7   Austria 31.9 million 30.8 million   3.5   4.6
8   Greece 31.3 million 30.1 million   4.1   10.8
9   Portugal 24.6 million 22.8 million   7.9   7.5
10   Russia 24.4 million 24.6 million   0.5   0.7

Middle EastEdit

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   13.0   3.7
2   United Arab Emirates 16.7 million 15.9 million   5.1   0.8
3   Egypt 13.0 million 11.3 million   14.8   36.8
4   Iran 9.1 million 7.3 million   24.4   49.9
5   Israel 4.6 million 4.1 million   10.5   14.1
6   Jordan 4.5 million 4.2 million   8.1   8.0
7   Bahrain 3.8 million 4.4 million   11.8   0.2
8   Oman 2.5 million 2.3 million   8.6   0.6
9   Qatar 2.1 million 1.8 million   17.4   19.4
10   Lebanon 1.9 million 2.0 million   1.4   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 receiptsEdit

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   0.3%
2   Spain 79.7 81.7   2.9%
3   France 63.8 66.0   1.9%
4   Thailand 60.5 56.4   3.2%
5   United Kingdom 52.7 50.0   10.1%
6   Italy 49.6 49.3   6.2%
7   Japan 46.1 42.1   8.0%
8   Australia 45.7 45.0   9.1%
9   Germany 41.6 43.0   2.2%
10   China 40.1 40.4   1.6%

AfricaEdit

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.

AmericasEdit

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-PacificEdit

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

EuropeEdit

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

Middle EastEdit

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 expendituresEdit

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   4.2
2   United States $152.3 billion $144.5 billion   5.4
3   Germany $93.2 billion $95.6 billion   2.9
4   United Kingdom $71.9 billion $70.9 billion   6.0
5   France $51.7 billion $48.9 billion   11.5
6   Russia $36.2 billion $34.3 billion   5.5
7   Australia $36.0 billion $37.0 billion   4.6
8   Canada $35.8 billion $34.5 billion   6.1
9   South Korea $32.3 billion $35.1 billion   8.1
10   Italy $30.3 billion $30.1 billion   6.3

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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.

External linksEdit