World Tourism rankings


World Tourism rankings

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.

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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]

Rank Country International tourist arrivals
1  France 76.80 million
2  United States 59.75 million
3  China 55.67 million
4  Spain 52.68 million
5  Italy 43.63 million
6  United Kingdom 28.13 million
7  Turkey 27.00 million
8  Germany 26.88 million
9  Malaysia 24.58 million
10  Mexico 22.41 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]

Rank Country International tourist arrivals
1  Morocco 9.29 million
2  South Africa 8.07 million
3  Tunisia 6.90 million
4  Zimbabwe 2.24 million
5  Mozambique 2.22 million
6  Algeria 1.91 million (2009)
7  Botswana 1.55 million (2009)
8  Nigeria 1.41 million (2009)
9  Kenya 1.39 million (2009)
10  Namibia 0.980 million (2009)

Middle East

Out of the total of over 60 million tourists to the Middle East[note 1] in 2010, the top ten destinations were:[4][3]

Rank Country International tourist arrivals
1  Egypt 14.05 million
2  Saudi Arabia 10.85 million
3  Syria 8.55 million
4  United Arab Emirates 7.43 million
5  Bahrain 4.94 million (2007)
6  Jordan 4.56 million
7  Israel[note 2] 3.45 million
8  Lebanon 2.17 million
9  Qatar 1.66 million (2009)
10  Oman 1.52 million
Notes
  1. ^ Africa and the Middle East are classified together as one region by the UNWTO.
  2. ^ Israel is classified under the "Southern/Mediter. Eu." subregion by the UNWTO.

The Americas

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

Rank Country International tourist arrivals
1  United States 59.75 million
2  Mexico 22.40 million
3  Canada 16.10 million
4  Argentina 5.29 million
5  Brazil 5.16 million
6  Dominican Republic 4.13 million
7  Puerto Rico 3.68 million
8  Chile 2.77 million
9  Cuba 2.51 million
10  Colombia 2.39 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]

Rank Country International tourist arrivals
1  China 55.67 million
2  Malaysia 24.58 million
3  Hong Kong 20.09 million
4  Thailand 15.84 million
5  Macau 11.93 million
6  Singapore 9.16 million
7  South Korea 8.80 million
8  Japan 8.61 million
9  Indonesia 5.91 million
10  Australia 5.89 million

Europe

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

Rank Country International tourist arrivals
1  France 76.80 million
2  Spain 52.68 million
3  Italy 43.63 million
4  United Kingdom 28.13 million
5  Turkey[note 1] 27.00 million
6  Germany 26.88 million
7  Austria 22.00 million
8  Ukraine 21.20 million
9  Russia 20.27 million
10  Greece 15.01 million
Notes
  1. ^ Turkey is classified under the "Southern/Mediter. Eu." subregion by the UNWTO.

International tourist arrivals by country of destination 2009

Out of a global total of 880 million tourists, the top ten international tourism destinations in 2009 were (see the barometer for the full rankings):[4][5]

Rank Country International tourist arrivals
1  France 74.20 million
2  United States 54.88 million
3  Spain 52.23 million
4  China 50.88 million
5  Italy 43.24 million
6  United Kingdom 28.20 million
7  Turkey 25.51 million
8  Germany 24.22 million
9  Malaysia 23.65 million
10  Mexico 21.45 million

Africa and the Middle East

Africa

Out of the total of almost 46 million tourists to Africa in 2009, the top ten African destinations were:[5]

Rank Country International tourist arrivals
1  Morocco 8.34 million
2  South Africa 7.01 million
3  Tunisia 6.90 million
4  Mozambique 2.39 million
5  Zimbabwe 2.01 million
6  Algeria 1.91 million
7  Botswana 1.55 million
8  Kenya 1.14 million (2008)
9  Swaziland 0.909 million
10  Mauritius 0.871 million

Middle East

Out of the total of over 53 million tourists to the Middle East[note 1] in 2009, the top ten destinations were:[4][5]

Rank Country International tourist arrivals
1  Egypt 11.91 million
2  Saudi Arabia 10.90 million
3  United Arab Emirates 7.13 million (2005)
4  Syria 6.09 million
5  Bahrain 4.94 million (2007)
6  Jordan 3.79 million
7  Israel[note 2] 2.32 million
8  Lebanon 1.85 million
9  Qatar 1.66 million
10  Yemen 0.434 million
Notes
  1. ^ Africa and the Middle East are classified together as one region by the UNWTO.
  2. ^ Israel is classified under the "Southern/Mediter. Eu." subregion by the UNWTO.

The Americas

Out of the total of over 165 million tourists to the Americas in 2009, the top ten destinations were:[5]

Rank Country International tourist arrivals
1  United States 54.88 million
2  Mexico 21.45 million
3  Canada 15.74 million
4  Brazil 4.80 million
5  Argentina 4.31 million
6  Dominican Republic 3.99 million
7  Puerto Rico 3.55 million
8  Chile 2.75 million
9  Cuba 2.41 million
10  Colombia 2.15 million

Asia and the Pacific

Out of the total of over 181 million tourists to Asia and the Pacific in 2009, the top ten destinations were:[5]

Rank Country International tourist arrivals
1  China 50.88 million
2  Malaysia 23.65 million
3  Hong Kong 16.93 million
4  Thailand 14.15 million
5  Macau 10.40 million
6  South Korea 7.82 million
7  Singapore 7.49 million
8  Japan 6.79 million
9  Indonesia 6.32 million
10  Australia 5.58 million

Europe

Out of the total of over 459 million tourists to Europe in 2009, the top ten destinations were:[5]

Rank Country International tourist arrivals
1  France 74.20 million
2  Spain 52.23 million
3  Italy 43.24 million
4  United Kingdom 28.20 million
5  Turkey[note 1] 25.51 million
6  Germany 24.22 million
7  Austria 21.36 million
8  Ukraine 20.74 million
9  Russia 19.42 million
10  Greece 14.92 million
Notes
  1. ^ Turkey is classified under the "Southern/Mediter. Eu." subregion by the UNWTO.

International tourist arrivals by country of destination 2008

The top ten international destinations in 2008 were:[5]

Rank Country International tourist arrivals
1  France 79.22 million
2  United States 57.94 million
3  Spain 57.19 million
4  China 53.05 million
5  Italy 42.73 million
6  United Kingdom 30.14 million
7  Ukraine 25.39 million
8  Turkey 24.99 million
9  Germany 24.89 million
10  Mexico 22.64 million

See also

References

  1. ^ "China world's third most visited country: UN". The Independent. AFP. 26 January 2011. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/china-worlds-third-most-visited-country-un-2195263.html. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Interim Update". UNWTO World Tourism Barometer (UNWTO). April 2011. http://www.unwto.org/facts/eng/pdf/barometer/UNWTO_Barom11_iu_april_excerpt.pdf. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "2011 Highlights". UNWTO World Tourism Highlights (UNWTO). April 2011. http://mkt.unwto.org/sites/all/files/docpdf/unwtohighlights11enlr.pdf. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Recovery Confirmed, but Growth Remains Uneven". UNWTO World Tourism Barometer (UNWTO) 8 (2). June 2010. http://www.unwto.org/facts/eng/pdf/barometer/UNWTO_Barom10_2_en.pdf. Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "International Tourist Arrivals back at 2008 pre-crisis peak level". UNWTO World Tourism Barometer (UNWTO) 8 (3). October 2010. http://www.unwto.org/facts/eng/pdf/barometer/UNWTO_Barom10_3_en.pdf. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 

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