The top 10 international tourism destinations

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The top 10 international tourism destinations in 2015 were:

Rank Destination UNWTO
Region
International
tourist
arrivals
(2015)
International
tourist
arrivals
(2014)
Change
(2014 to
2015)
(%)
1  France Europe 84.5 million 83.7 million Increase 0.9
2  United States North America 77.5 million 75.0 million Increase 3.3
3  Spain Europe 68.2 million 64.9 million Increase 5.0
4  China Asia 56.9 million 55.6 million Increase 2.3
5  Italy Europe 50.7 million 48.6 million Increase 4.4
6  Turkey Europe 39.5 million 39.8 million Decrease 0.8
7  Germany Europe 35.0 million 33.0 million Increase 6.0
8  United Kingdom Europe 34.4 million 32.6 million Increase 5.6
9  Mexico North America 32.1 million 29.3 million Increase 9.4
10  Russia Europe 31.3 million 29.8 million Increase 5.0

The Americas

In 2015, there were over 193 million international tourist arrivals to the Americas, an increase of 6.0% over 2014. In 2015, the top ten destinations were:

Rank Destination International
tourist
arrivals
(2015)
International
tourist
arrivals
(2014)
Change
(2014 to
2015)
(%)
1  United States 77.5 million 75.0 million Increase 3.3
2  Mexico 32.1 million 29.1 million Increase 9.4
3  Canada 18.0 million 16.5 million Increase 8.7
4  Brazil 6.3 million 6.4 million Decrease 1.9
5  Argentina 5.7 million 5.9 million Decrease 3.3
6  Dominican Republic 5.6 million 5.1 million Increase 8.9
7  Chile 4.5 million 3.6 million Increase 21.9
 Puerto Rico 3.5 million 3.2 million Increase 9.1
8  Cuba 3.5 million 3.0 million Increase 17.5
9  Peru 3.5 million 3.2 million Increase 7.5
10  Colombia 3.0 million 2.5 million Increase 16.1

Asia and the Pacific

In 2015, there were over 279 million international tourist arrivals to Asia and the Pacific, an increase of 6.0% over 2014. In 2015, the top ten destinations were:

Rank Destination International
tourist
arrivals
(2015)
International
tourist
arrivals
(2014)
Change
(2014 to
2015)
(%)
1  China 56.9 million 55.6 million Increase 2.3
2  Thailand 29.9 million 24.8 million Increase 20.5
3  Hong Kong 26.7 million 27.8 million Decrease 3.9
4  Malaysia 25.7 million 27.4 million Decrease 6.3
5  Japan 19.7 million 13.4 million Increase 47.1
6  Macau 14.3 million 14.6 million Decrease 1.8
7  South Korea 13.2 million 14.2 million Decrease 6.8
8  Singapore 12.1 million 11.9 million Increase 1.6
9  Taiwan 10.4 million 9.9 million Increase 5.3
10  Indonesia 10.4 million 9.4 million Increase 10.3

Europe

In 2015, there were over 608 million international tourist arrivals to Europe, an increase of 5.0% over 2014. In 2015, the top ten destinations were:

Rank Destination International
tourist
arrivals
(2015)
International
tourist
arrivals
(2014)
Change
(2014 to
2015)
(%)
1  France 84.5 million 83.7 million Increase 0.9
2  Spain 68.2 million 64.9 million Increase 5.0
3  Italy 50.7 million 48.6 million Increase 4.4
4  Turkey 39.5 million 39.8 million Decrease 0.8
5  Germany 35.0 million 33.0 million Increase 6.0
6  United Kingdom 34.4 million 32.6 million Increase 5.6
7  Russia 31.3 million 29.8 million Increase 5.0
8  Austria 26.7 million 25.2 million Increase 5.6
9  Greece 26.5 million 22.0 million Increase 16.0
10  Poland 16.7 million 16.0 million Increase 4.6

Africa and the Middle East

Africa

In 2015, there were over 53 million international tourist arrivals to Africa, a decrease of 3% from 2014. In 2015, the top ten African destinations were:[5]

Rank Destination International
tourist
arrivals
(2015)
International
tourist
arrivals
(2014)[6]
Change
(2014 to
2015)
(%)
1  Morocco 10.2 million 10.0 million Increase 9.4
2  South Africa 9.2 million 9.1 million Increase 0.1
3  Tunisia 6.0 million 6.2 million Decrease 3.2
4  Algeria 2.7 million
5  Mozambique 1.8 million
6  Zimbabwe 1.8 million 1.8 million Increase 2.6
7  Kenya 1.4 million
8  Uganda 1.2 million
9  Namibia 1.1 million
10  Senegal 1.0 million
Note: Egypt is classified under “Middle East” in UNWTO’s scheme.

Middle East

In 2015, there were over 53 million international tourist arrivals to the Middle East, an increase of 2.0% over 2014. In 2015, the top ten destinations were:[5][8]

Rank Destination International
tourist
arrivals
(2015)
International
tourist
arrivals
(2014)
Change
(2014 to
2015)
(%)
1  Saudi Arabia 18.0 million 18.3 million Decrease 1.5
2  United Arab Emirates 14.8 million[9]
3  Egypt 9.1 million 9.6 million Decrease 5.1
4  Iran 5.2 million 5.0 million Increase 5.4
5  Jordan 3.8 million 4.0 million Decrease 5.7
6  Qatar 2.9 million 2.8 million Increase 3.7
7  Israel 2.8 million 2.9 million Decrease 4.3
8  Oman 1.5 million
9  Lebanon 1.5 million 1.4 million Increase 12.1
10  Bahrain 0.8 million
Note 2: Iran is classified as part of “South Asia” in the UNWTO scheme.

International tourism receipts

International tourism receipts grew to US$1,260 billion in 2015, corresponding to an increase in real terms of 4.4% from 2014. The World Tourism Organization reports the following destinations as the top twelve tourism earners for the year 2015, with the United States by far the top earner.

Rank Destination UNWTO
Region[3]
International
tourism
receipts
(2015)
International
tourism
receipts
(2014)
Change
(2014 to
2015)
(%)
1  United States North America $204.5 billion $191.3 billion Increase 6.9%
2  China Asia $114.1 billion $105.4 billion Increase 8.3%
3  Spain Europe $56.5 billion $65.1 billion Decrease 13.2%
4  France Europe $45.9 billion $58.1 billion Decrease 21.0%
5  United Kingdom Europe $45.5 billion $46.5 billion Decrease2.3%
6  Thailand Asia $44.6 billion $38.4 billion Increase 16.0%
7  Italy Europe $39.4 billion $45.5 billion Decrease 13.3%
8  Germany Europe $36.9 billion $43.3 billion Decrease 14.9%
9  Hong Kong(China) Asia $36.2 billion $38.4 billion Decrease 5.8%
10  Macau(China) Asia $31.3 billion $42.6 billion Decrease 26.4%
11  Australia Oceania $29.4 billion $31.9 billion Decrease 9.3%
12  Turkey Europe $26.6 billion $29.5 billion Decrease 7.1%

International tourism expenditure in 2015

The World Tourism Organization reports the following destinations as the top ten biggest spenders on international tourism for the year 2015.

Rank Destination UNWTO
Region[3]
International
tourism
expenditure
(2015)
1  China Asia $292.2 billion
2  United States North America $112.9 billion
3  Germany Europe $77.5 billion
4  United Kingdom Europe $63.3 billion
5  France Europe $38.4 billion
6  Russia Europe $34.9 billion
7  Canada North America $29.4 billion
8  South Korea Asia $25.0 billion
9  Italy Europe $24.9 billion
10  Australia Oceania $23.5 billion

Top International Tourist Destination Cities

Apart from the UN, the Euromonitor International has conducted a research in world tourism ranking by cities in 2014. The top ten world’s most visited cities by international tourists are Hong Kong, London, Singapore, Bangkok, Paris, Macau, Dubai, Shenzhen, New York City, and Istanbul.

 

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