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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.

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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. The top 10 international tourism destinations in 2014 were:

Rank Country UNWTO
Region
International
tourist
arrivals
(2014)
International
tourist
arrivals
(2013)
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 55.5 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

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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:

Rank Country International
tourist
arrivals
(2014)
International
tourist
arrivals
(2013)
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  Chile 3.6 million 3.5 million Increase 2.7 Increase 0.6
8  Puerto Rico 3.2 million 3.2 million Increase 1.4 Increase 4.3
9  Peru 3.2 million 3.2 million Increase 1.6 Increase 11.2
10  Colombia 2.6 million 2.5 million Increase 2.8 Increase 7.2

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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 International
tourist
arrivals
(2014)
International
tourist
arrivals
(2013)
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 23.5 million Decrease 6.7 Increase 18.8
5  Singapore 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  Indonesia 9.8 million 8.8 million Increase 11.3 Increase 10

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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:

Rank Country International
tourist
arrivals
(2014)
International
tourist
arrivals
(2013)
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

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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:

Rank Country International
tourist
arrivals
(2014)
International
tourist
arrivals
(2013)
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
 

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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:

Rank Country International
tourist
arrivals
(2014)
International
tourist
arrivals
(2013)
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
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

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Tourism in Israel is one of Israel’s major sources of income, with a record 3.54 million tourist arrivals in 2013. Israel offers a plethora of historical and religious sites, beach resorts, archaeological tourism, heritage tourism and ecotourism. Israel has the highest number of museums per capita in the world. In 2009, the two most visited sites were the Western Wall and the grave of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai; the most popular paid tourist attraction is Masada. The most visited city is Jerusalem and the most visited site was the Western Wall. The largest percentage of tourists come from the United States accounting for 18% of all tourists, followed by Russia, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Ukraine, Poland, Canada, Netherlands, and Spain.

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Posted July 12, 2016 by markosun in Geography

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