Tourism Statistics

WORLD - INTERNATIONAL TOURIST ARRIVALS

The total world International tourist arrivals were to 764 million in 2004 up from 693m in 2001. Spain has dropped to the fourth most popular destination country in the world after France, USA and China after being second to France for many decades.

The chart below shows the number of foreign tourist arrivals in the top countries for 2010, 2004, and 2001.

Country

Tourists
2010
(millions)

Tourists
 2004
 (millions)

Tourists
 2001
 (millions)

France

76.8

75.1

76.5

Spain

52.7

52.4

49.5

United States

59.7

46.1

45.5

Italy

55.7

37.1

39.0

China

43.0

41.8

33.2

UK

28.1

27.8

23.4

Russia

20.2

19.9

21.1

Mexico

22.4

20.6

19.8

Canada

16.0

19.2

19.7

Austria

22.0

19.4

18.2

Turkey

27.0

20.6

 

Germany

26.8

20.1

 

Source 2004: UN World Tourism Organization, Top 25

Source 2010: UNWTO Highlights

The nationals of every country spend money on foreign tourism. The chart below shows how much the top countrys' nationals in total spent on foreign tourism in 2010. This shows the top six spending countries plus Spain which is in about 20th position.

Country

US $ million

USA

57.4

Germany

64.6

UK

47.9

Japan

26.6

France

23.4

Italy

20.6

China

15.4

Spain

7.3

Source:  UNWTO Outbound Tourism, International Tourism Expenditure

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