Number of international tourist arrivals worldwide from 2005 to 2016, by region (in millions)

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This statistic shows the number of international tourist arrivals worldwide from 2005 to 2016, by region. In 2016, there were 130.5 million international tourist arrivals in North America and 53.6 million in the Middle East.
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The number of international tourist arrivals worldwide increased year-on-year between 2005 and 2015, with the exception of 2009 when the figure fell slightly – most likely due to the economic downturn experienced globally during that year. In 2016, more than half of the 1,235 million international tourist arrivals worldwide were accounted for by visits to Europe. Europe also provided the most international tourists in terms of region of origin. By 2020, arrivals are expected to reach approximately 1.36 billion and may exceed 1.8 billion by 2030.

In 2016, travel and tourism made a total contribution of 7.61 trillion U.S. dollars to the global economy, directly contributing 2.31 trillion. The travel and tourism industry has clearly boomed over the past decade: tourism revenue reached 1.16 trillion U.S. dollars in 2013, more than doubling since 2000 when the figure was around 475 billion. In 2013, China had the largest international tourist expenditure at 128.6 billion U.S. dollars. In terms of cities, international visitors in Dubai spent the most, followed by those visiting London and New York.

Inextricably linked with travel and tourism is the hotel industry, an industry whose revenue is expected to reach approximately 554 billion U.S. dollars in 2018. On a global scale, the average daily rate for hotels is generally the highest in the Middle East and the lowest in Northern Africa. In 2016, the average daily rate for hotels in the Americas was 123.37 U.S. dollars.

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Release date
August 2017
Survey time period
2005 to 2016
Supplementary notes
* Provisional figure

Figures for 2005, 2010, and 2015 were revised according to the newest available release of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.

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