International tourist arrivals worldwide 2005-2018, by region

This statistic shows the number of international tourist arrivals worldwide from 2005 to 2018, by region. In 2018, there were 137.1 million international tourist arrivals in North America and 60.5 million in the Middle East.

International tourism - additional information

The number of international tourist arrivals worldwide increased year-on-year between 2005 and 2017, with the exception of 2009 when the figure fell slightly – most likely due to the economic downturn experienced globally during that year. In 2017, more than half of the 1,323 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.

In 2017, travel and tourism made a total contribution of 8.27 trillion U.S. dollars to the global economy, directly contributing 2.57 trillion. The travel and tourism industry has clearly boomed over the past decade: tourism revenue reached 1.34 trillion U.S. dollars in 2017, more than doubling since 2000 when the figure was around 475 billion. In 2017, China's international tourist expenditure amounted to around 257.7 billion U.S. dollars. In terms of cities, international visitors in Dubai spent the most, followed by those visiting New York and London.

Inextricably linked with travel and tourism is the hotel industry, an industry whose revenue reached approximately 495.17 billion U.S. dollars in 2016. 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 2017, the average daily rate for hotels in the Americas was 126.43 U.S. dollars.

Number of international tourist arrivals worldwide from 2005 to 2018, by region

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Source

Release date

August 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2005 to 2018

Supplementary notes

*Provisional figure

Figures for 2005, 2010, 2015, and 2016 were revised according to the newest available release of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.

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