World Tourism rankings explained

The World Tourism rankings are compiled by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as part of their World Tourism Barometer publication.

Top international tourism destinations 2007 by country

Out of a global total of 903 million tourists in 2007, the following countries are the 50 most visited. For more 2007 data, as well as ranking of international tourism receipts, see the June 2008 issue.[1]

RankCountryInternational tourist arrivals
1 France81.9 million
2 Spain59.2 million
3 United States56.0 million
4 China54.7 million
5 Italy43.7 million
6 United Kingdom30.7 million
7 Germany24.4 million
8 Ukraine23.1 million
9 Turkey22.2 million
10 Mexico21.4 million
11 Malaysia21.0 million
12 Austria20.8 million
1320.2 million
14 Canada17.9 million
15 Hong Kong17.2 million
16 Greece16 million (2006)
17 Poland15.0 million
18 Thailand14.5 million
1912.9 million
20 Portugal12.3 million
21 Saudi Arabia11.5 million
22 Netherlands11.0 million
23 Egypt10.6 million
24 Croatia9.1 million (2006)
25 South Africa9.1 million
26 Hungary9.6 million
27 Switzerland8.4 million
28 Japan8.3 million
29 Singapore8.0 million
30 Ireland8 million (2006)
31 Morocco7.4 million
32 United Arab Emirates7.1 million (2005)
33 Belgium7.0 million
34 Tunisia6.8 million
35 Czech Republic6.7 million
366.4 million
37 Indonesia5.5 million
38 Sweden5.2 million
39 Bulgaria5.2 million
40 Australia5.1 million (2006)
41 Brazil5.0 million
42 India5.0 million
43 Denmark4.7 million (2006)
44 Argentina4.6 million
45 Bahrain4.5 million (2006)
464.2 million
47 Dominican Republic4.0 million
48 Norway3.9 million (2006)
493.7 million
50 Puerto Rico3.7 million

Top international tourist destinations 2008 by regions

RankRegionInternational tourist arrivals
1Southern/Mediterranean Europe179.2 million
2Western Europe153.1 million
3North-East Asia104.7 million
4Central/Eastern Europe99.4 million
5North America98.4 million
6South-East Asia61.8 million
7Northern Europe56.8 million
8Middle East52.9 million
9Subsaharan Africa29.8 million
10South America21.1 million
11Caribbean19.7 million
12North Africa17.1 million
13South Asia11.3 million
14Oceania10.6 million
15Central America8.4 million

External links

Notes and References

  1. Web site: UNTWO World Tourism Barometer, Vol.5 No.2. 2008-10-15. UNTWO. June 2008. PDF.