Menu Close

Half of the worldwide tourist revenue is generated in 10 countries

According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) statistical report, the 10 countries with the highest foreign tourism revenue account for 50% of the expenditure worldwide. In terms of visitors, the 10 countries that receive the most foreign arrivals account for 40% of all trips.

The statistical report of the World Tourism Organization puts the United States in the lead, with the country recording over 215 billion USD generated by tourism. If one takes into account that this figure is linked to the 80 million visitors that entered the U.S. in 2018, the average of USD 2,687 per visitor per stay far exceeds that of any other country.

France, third on ranking by revenues and the number one destination chosen by tourists (with more than 89 million arrivals), shows an average expenditure of USD 752. Meanwhile, Spain, ranked second in both arrivals and revenues, has an average of USD 891 per person per stay, according to UNWTO statistics.

One possible explanation is that beyond the summer season Europe works as a multi-destination with short stays in each country, while the US can be classified as a “multi-destination” in itself.

The U.S., Spain, France, Thailand, United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, Germany, Japan, and China, in this order, are the 10 countries with the highest revenues generated by international tourism.

The 10 countries with the most tourists receive a total of 577 million visitors, roughly 40% of the world arrivals according to the UNWTO: France (89 million), Spain (83 million), U.S. (80 million), China (63 million), Italy, Turkey, Mexico, Germany, Thailand and United Kingdom.