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 countries by international tourist arrivals in 2014

2014 World’s Top 10 Tourism Destinations

In 2014, there were 1.133 billion international tourist arrivals worldwide, with a growth of 4.3% as compared to 1.087 billion in 2013.[1] The top 10 international tourism destinations in 2014 were:[1][2]

Rank Country UNWTO
Region [3]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2014)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2013)[1]
Change
(2013 to
2014)
(%)
Change
(2012 to
2013)
(%)
1  France Europe 83.7 million 83.6 million Increase 0.1 Increase 2.0
2  United States North America 74.8 million 70.0 million Increase 6.8 Increase 5.0
3  Spain Europe 65.0 million 60.7 million Increase 7.1 Increase 5.6
4  China Asia 55.6 million 55.05 million Decrease 0.1 Decrease 3.5
5  Italy Europe 48.6 million 47.7 million Increase 1.8 Increase 2.9
6  Turkey Europe 39.8 million 37.8 million Increase 5.3 Increase 5.9
7  Germany Europe 33.0 million 31.5 million Increase 4.6 Increase 3.7
8  United Kingdom Europe 32.6 million 31.1 million Increase 5.0 Increase 6.1
9  Russia Europe 29.8 million 28.4 million Increase 5.3 Increase 10.2
10  Mexico North America 29.1 million 24.2 million Increase 20.5 Increase 3.2

Africa and the Middle East

Africa

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:[4]

Rank Country International
tourist
arrivals
(2014)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2013)[5]
Change
(2013 to
2014)
(%)
Change
(2012 to
2013)
(%)
1  Morocco 10.2 million 10.0 million Increase 2.4 Increase 7.2
2  South Africa 9.5 million 9.5 million Increase 0.1 Increase 3.8
3  Tunisia 6.0 million 6.2 million Decrease 3.2 Increase 5.3
4  Algeria 2.7 million Increase 3.7
5  Mozambique 1.8 million Decrease 10.7
6  Zimbabwe 1.8 million 1.8 million Increase 2.6 Increase 2.1
7  Kenya 1.4 million Decrease 11.5
8  Uganda 1.2 million Increase 0.8
9  Namibia 1.1 million Increase 9.0
10  Senegal 1.0 million Increase 10.5
Note: Egypt is classified under "Middle East" in UNWTO's scheme.[6]

Middle East

In 2014, there were over 51 million international tourist arrivals to the Middle East, an increase of 5.0% over 2013. In 2014, the top ten destinations were:[4][7]

Rank Country International
tourist
arrivals
(2014)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2013)[5]
Change
(2013 to
2014)
(%)
Change
(2012 to
2013)
(%)
1  Saudi Arabia 15.0 million 12 million Increase 12.8 Decrease 6.3
2  United Arab Emirates --- 9.9 million Increase 17.9
3  Egypt 9.6 million 9.1 million Increase 5.0 Decrease 18.1
4  Iran 6.0 million 4.7 million Increase 27.7 Increase 24.4
5  Jordan 3.9 million 3.9 million Increase 1.1 Decrease 5.2
6  Israel 4.1 million 2.9 million Decrease 1.2 Increase 2.6
7  Qatar 2.8 million 2.6 million Increase 8.2 Increase 11.3
8  Oman 1.5 million Increase 7.9
9  Lebanon 1.3 million 1.2 million Increase 6.3 Decrease 6.7
10  Bahrain 1.0 million Increase 5.4
Note 1: Israel is classified under the "Southern & Mediterranean Europe" category [8] and
Note 2: Iran is classified as part of "South Asia" in the UNWTO scheme.
[6]

The Americas

In 2014, there were over 181 million international tourist arrivals to the Americas, an increase of 8.0% over 2013. In 2014, the top ten destinations were:[9]

Rank Country International
tourist
arrivals
(2014)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2013)[5]
Change
(2013 to
2014)
(%)
Change
(2012 to
2013)
(%)
1  United States 74.7 million 69.9 million Increase 6.8 Increase 5.0
2  Mexico 29.1 million 24.1 million Increase 20.5 Increase 3.2
3  Canada 16.5 million 16.0 million Increase 2.9 Decrease 1.7
4  Brazil 6.4 million 5.8 million Increase 9.1 Increase 2.4
5  Argentina 5.9 million 5.2 million Increase 13.1 Decrease 6.1
6  Dominican Republic 5.1 million 4.6 million Increase 9.6 Increase 2.8
7  Colombia [10] 4.2 million 2.2 million Increase 12.1 Increase 5.1
8  Chile 3.6 million 3.5 million Increase 2.7 Increase 0.6
9  Puerto Rico 3.2 million 3.2 million Increase 1.4 Increase 4.3
10  Peru 3.2 million 3.2 million Increase 1.6 Increase 11.2

Asia and the Pacific

In 2014, there were over around 263.0 million international tourist arrivals to Asia and the Pacific, an increase of 5.0% over 2013. In 2014, the top ten destinations were:[1]

Rank Country or District International
tourist
arrivals
(2014)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2013)[5]
Change
(2013 to
2014)
(%)
Change
(2012 to
2013)
(%)
1  People's Republic of China 55.6 million 55.6 million Decrease 0.1 Decrease 3.5
2  Hong Kong 27.8 million 25.6 million Increase 8.2 Increase 8.0
3  Malaysia 27.4 million 25.7 million Increase 6.7 Increase 2.7
4  Thailand 24.8 million 26.5 million Decrease 6.7 Increase 18.8
5  Singapore[11] 15.0 million 15.6 million Decrease 3.0 Increase 7.4
6  Macau 14.6 million 14.3 million Increase 2.1 Increase 5.1
7  South Korea 14.2 million 12.2 million Increase 16.6 Increase 9.3
8  Japan 13.4 million 10.4 million Increase 29.4 Increase 24.0
9  Taiwan 10.4 million 9.0 million Increase 23.6 Increase 9.6
10  Vietnam 7.8 million 7.5 million Increase .04

Europe

In 2014, there were over 582 million international tourist arrivals to Europe, an increase of 3.0% over 2013. In 2014, the top ten destinations were:[4]

Rank Country International
tourist
arrivals
(2014)[1]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2013)[5]
Change
(2013 to
2014)
(%)
Change
(2012 to
2013)
(%)
1  France 83.7 million 83.6 million Increase 0.1 Increase 2.0
2  Spain 65.0 million 60.7 million Increase 7.1 Increase 5.6
3  Italy 48.6 million 47.7 million Increase 1.8 Increase 2.9
4  Turkey 39.8 million 37.8 million Increase 5.3 Increase 5.9
5  Germany 33.0 million 31.5 million Increase 4.6 Increase 3.7
6  United Kingdom 32.6 million 31.1 million Increase 5.0 Increase 6.1
7  Russia 29.8 million 28.4 million Increase 5.3 Increase 10.2
8  Austria 25.2 million 24.8 million Increase 1.9 Increase 2.7
9  Greece 22.0 million 17.9 million Increase 23.0 Increase 15.5
10  Poland 16.0 million 15.8 million Increase 1.3 Increase 6.5

International tourism receipts in 2014

International tourism receipts grew to US$1,245 billion in 2014, corresponding to an increase in real terms of 3.7% from 2013.[12] The World Tourism Organization reports the following countries as the top ten tourism earners for the year 2014, with the United States by far the top earner.

Rank Country UNWTO
Region[3]
International
tourism
receipts
(2014)[1]
International
tourism
receipts
(2013)[13]
Change
(2013 to
2014)
(%)
Change
(2012 to
2013)
(%)
1  United States North America $177.2 billion $172.9 billion Increase 2.5 Increase 7.0
2  Spain Europe $65.2 billion $62.6 billion Increase 4.2 Increase 7.6
3  China Asia $56.9 billion $51.7 billion Increase 10.2 Increase 3.3
4  France Europe $55.4 billion $56.7 billion Decrease 2.3 Increase 5.6
5  Macau Asia $50.8 billion $51.8 billion Decrease 1.9 Increase 18.1
6  Italy Europe $45.5 billion $43.9 billion Increase 3.7 Increase 6.6
7  United Kingdom Europe $45.3 billion $41.0 billion Increase 10.3 Increase 12.1
8  Germany Europe $43.3 billion $41.3 billion Increase 5.0 Increase 8.2
9  Thailand Asia $38.4 billion $41.8 billion Decrease 8.0 Increase 23.4
10  Hong Kong Asia $38.4 billion $38.9 billion Decrease 1.4 Increase 17.7

International tourism expenditure in 2014

The World Tourism Organization reports the following countries as the top ten biggest spenders on international tourism for the year 2014.[1]

Rank Country UNWTO
Region[3]
International
tourism
expenditure
(2014)[1]
International
tourism
expenditure
(2013)[5]
Market
Share
(%)
Change
(2013 to
2014)
(%)
1  China Asia $164.9 billion $128.6 billion Increase13.2 Increase 27.1
2  United States North America $110.8 billion $104.1 billion 8.9 Increase 6.4
3  Germany Europe $92.2 billion $91.4 billion 7.4 Increase 0.9
4  United Kingdom Europe $57.6 billion $52.7 billion 4.6 Increase 3.8
5  Russia Europe $50.4 billion $53.5 billion 4.0 Decrease 13.7
6  France Europe $47.8 billion $42.9 billion 3.8 Increase 11.3
7  Canada North America $33.8 billion $35.2 billion 2.7 Increase 3.3
8  Italy Europe $28.8 billion $27.0 billion 2.3 Increase 6.9
9  Australia Oceania $26.3 billion $28.6 billion 2.1 Decrease 1.7
10  Brazil South America $25.6 billion $25.0 billion 2.1 Increase 11.7

Top International Tourist Destination Cities

Apart from the UN, the Euromonitor International has conducted a research in world tourism ranking by cities in 2014.[14]

Rank City Country Region International
tourist
(Millions)
(2012)
1 Hong Kong  Hong Kong Asia 27.7
2 London  United Kingdom Europe 17.4
3 Singapore  Singapore Asia 17.1
4 Bangkok  Thailand Asia 16.2
5 Paris  France Europe 15.0
6 Macao  Macau Asia 15.0
7 Shenzhen  China Asia 13.1
8 New York City  United States North America 12.2
9 Istanbul  Turkey Europe/Asia 11.9
10 Bali  Indonesia Asia 11.6

See also

References

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