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International tourism receipts[edit]

International tourism receipts grew to US$1.26 Trillion in 2015, corresponding to an increase in real terms of 4.4% from 2014.[6] The World Tourism Organization reports the following entities as the top ten tourism earners for the year 2015:

RankCountry/AreaUNWTO
Region
[24]
International
tourism
receipts
(2016)[26]
1 United StatesNorth America$204.5 billion
2 ChinaAsia$114.1 billion
3 SpainEurope$56.5 billion
4 FranceEurope$45.9 billion
5 United KingdomEurope$45.5 billion
6 ThailandAsia$44.6 billion
7 ItalyEurope$39.4 billion
8 GermanyEurope$36.9 billion
9 Hong KongAsia$36.2 billion
10 MacauAsia$31.3 billion

International tourism expenditure[edit]

The World Tourism Organization reports the following countries as the ten biggest spenders on international tourism for the year 2015.

RankCountryUNWTO
Region
[24]
International 
tourism
expenditure
(2015)[26]
1 ChinaAsia$292.2 billion
2 United StatesNorth America$112.9 billion
3 GermanyEurope$77.5 billion
4 United KingdomEurope$63.3 billion
5 FranceEurope$38.4 billion
6 RussiaEurope$34.9 billion
7 CanadaNorth America$29.4 billion
8 South KoreaAsia$25.0 billion
9 ItalyEurope$24.4 billion
10 AustraliaOceania$23.5 billion

Euromonitor International Top City Destinations Ranking[edit]

Euromonitor International rated these the world’s cities most visited by international tourists in 2017:[27]

RankCityCountryInternational 
tourist arrivals[28]
1Hong Kong Hong Kong27.88 million
2Bangkok Thailand22.45 million
3London United Kingdom19.82 million
4Singapore Singapore17.61 million
5Macau Macau17.33 million
6Paris France15.83 million
7DubaiUnited Arab Emirates15.79 million
8New York City United States13.10 million
9Kuala Lumpur Malaysia12.84 million
10Shenzhen China12.07 million

World Travel & Tourism Council