World Tourism rankings explained

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, world tourism is ranked both by the number of visits and by the tourism revenue generated.

International tourist arrivals by country of destination 2010

Out of a global total of 940 million tourists, the top ten international tourism destinations in 2010 were (see the barometer for the full rankings):[1] [2] [3]

RankCountryInternational tourist arrivals
1 France76.80 million
2 United States60.88 million[4]
3 China55.67 million
4 Spain52.68 million
5 Italy43.63 million
6 United Kingdom28.13 million
7 Turkey27.00 million
8 Germany26.88 million
9 Malaysia24.58 million
10 Mexico22.40 million

Africa and the Middle East

Africa

Out of the total of over 49 million tourists to Africa in 2010, the top ten African destinations were:[3]

RankCountryInternational tourist arrivals
1 Morocco9.29 million
2 South Africa8.07 million
3 Tunisia6.90 million
4 Zimbabwe2.24 million
5 Mozambique2.22 million (2009)
6 Algeria1.91 million (2009)
7 Botswana1.55 million (2009)
8 Nigeria1.41 million (2009)
9 Kenya1.39 million (2009)
10 Namibia0.98 million (2009)

Middle East

Out of the total of over 60 million tourists to the Middle East in 2010, the top ten destinations were:[3]

RankCountryInternational tourist arrivals
1 Egypt14.05 million
2 Saudi Arabia10.85 million
38.55 million
4 United Arab Emirates7.43 million
5 Bahrain4.94 million (2007)
6 Jordan4.56 million
7 Israel3.5 million
8 Lebanon2.17 million
9 Qatar1.66 million (2009)
10 Oman1.52 million (2009)
Notes

The Americas

Out of the total of almost 150 million tourists to the Americas in 2010, the top ten destinations were:[3]

RankCountryInternational tourist arrivals
1 United States59.75 million
2 Mexico22.40 million
3 Canada16.10 million
4 Argentina5.29 million
5 Brazil5.16 million
6 Dominican Republic4.13 million
7 Puerto Rico3.68 million
8 Chile2.77 million
9 Cuba2.51 million
10 Colombia2.39 million

Asia and the Pacific

Out of the total of almost 204 million tourists to Asia and the Pacific in 2010, the top ten destinations were:[3]

RankCountryInternational tourist arrivals
1 China55.67 million
2 Malaysia24.58 million
3 Hong Kong20.09 million
4 Thailand15.84 million
511.93 million
6 Singapore9.16 million
78.80 million
8 Japan8.61 million
9 Indonesia7.00 million
10 Australia5.89 million

Europe

Out of the total of almost 477 million tourists to Europe in 2010, the top ten destinations were:[3]

RankCountryInternational tourist arrivals
1 France76.80 million
2 Spain52.68 million
3 Italy43.63 million
4 United Kingdom28.13 million
5 Turkey27.00 million
6 Germany26.88 million
7 Austria22.00 million
8 Ukraine21.20 million
920.27 million
10 Greece15.01 million
Notes

International tourist arrivals by country of destination 2009

Out of a global total of 882 million tourists, the top ten international tourism destinations in 2009 were (see the barometer for the full rankings):[3] [5] [6]

RankCountryInternational tourist arrivals
1 France76.82 million
2 United States54.96 million
3 Spain52.18 million
4 China50.88 million
5 Italy43.24 million
6 United Kingdom28.20 million
7 Turkey25.51 million
8 Germany24.22 million
9 Malaysia23.65 million
10 Mexico21.45 million

Africa and the Middle East

Africa

Out of the total of 46 million tourists to Africa in 2009, the top ten African destinations were:[3]

RankCountryInternational tourist arrivals
1 Morocco8.34 million
2 South Africa7.01 million
3 Tunisia6.90 million
4 Mozambique2.22 million
5 Zimbabwe2.02 million
6 Algeria1.91 million
7 Botswana1.55 million
8 Nigeria1.41 million
9 Kenya1.39 million
10 Namibia0.98 million

Middle East

Out of the total of almost 53 million tourists to the Middle East in 2009, the top ten destinations were:[3] [5]

RankCountryInternational tourist arrivals
1 Egypt11.91 million
2 Saudi Arabia10.90 million
3 United Arab Emirates6.81 million
46.09 million
5 Bahrain4.94 million (2007)
6 Jordan3.79 million
7 Israel2.32 million
8 Lebanon1.85 million
9 Qatar1.66 million
10 Oman1.52 million
Notes

The Americas

Out of the total of over 140 million tourists to the Americas in 2009, the top ten destinations were:[3]

RankCountryInternational tourist arrivals
1 United States54.96 million
2 Mexico21.45 million
3 Canada15.74 million
4 Brazil4.80 million
5 Argentina4.31 million
6 Dominican Republic3.99 million
7 Puerto Rico3.55 million
8 Chile2.75 million
9 Cuba2.41 million
10 Colombia2.30 million

Asia and the Pacific

Out of the total of almost 181 million tourists to Asia and the Pacific in 2009, the top ten destinations were:[3]

RankCountryInternational tourist arrivals
1 China50.88 million
2 Malaysia23.65 million
3 Hong Kong16.93 million
4 Thailand14.15 million
510.40 million
67.82 million
7 Singapore7.49 million
8 Japan6.79 million
9 Indonesia6.32 million
10 Australia5.58 million

Europe

Out of the total of over 461 million tourists to Europe in 2009, the top ten destinations were:[3]

RankCountryInternational tourist arrivals
1 France76.82 million
2 Spain52.18 million
3 Italy43.24 million
4 United Kingdom28.20 million
5 Turkey25.51 million
6 Germany24.22 million
7 Austria21.36 million
8 Ukraine20.80 million
919.42 million
10 Greece14.92 million
Notes

International tourist arrivals by country of destination 2008

Out of a global total of 917 million tourists, the top ten international destinations in 2008 were:[3]

RankCountryInternational tourist arrivals
1 France79.22 million
2 United States57.94 million
3 Spain57.19 million
4 China53.05 million
5 Italy42.73 million
6 United Kingdom30.14 million
7 Ukraine25.45 million
8 Turkey24.99 million
9 Germany24.89 million
10 Mexico22.64 million

See also

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Notes and References

  1. News: China world's third most visited country: UN. 27 January 2011. 26 January 2011. AFP. The Independent.
  2. Interim Update. UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. 26 June 2011. UNWTO. April. 2011.
  3. 2011 Highlights. UNWTO World Tourism Highlights. 2 July 2011. UNWTO. June. 2011.
  4. News: China world's third most visited country: UN. 27 January 2011. 26 January 2011. AFP. The Independent.
  5. Recovery Confirmed, but Growth Remains Uneven. UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. 20 December 2010. UNWTO. June. 2010. 8. 2.
  6. International Tourist Arrivals back at 2008 pre-crisis peak level. UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. 17 April 2011. UNWTO. October. 2010. 8. 3.