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Number of international tourist arrivals worldwide from 1995 to 2015 (in millions)

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This statistic shows the number of international tourist arrivals worldwide from 1995 to 2015. In 2010, the number of international tourist arrivals throughout the world reached 949 million. In 2014, they reached approximately 1.13 billion.


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Dipping only during times of global economic hardship, the number of international tourist arrivals has increased steadily almost every year. Numbers have more than doubled from 527 million in 1995 to approximately 1.19 billion in 2015. By 2030, international tourist arrivals are expected to exceed 1.8 billion. The region with the largest number of visitors each year has consistently been Europe. In more recent years, the Asia Pacific region has grown to become the second largest market.

Travel and tourism made a total contribution (direct, indirect and induced) of 7.17 trillion U.S. dollars to the global economy in 2015. Countries with the largest tourism expenditure included China, the United States and Germany. In 2015, London was the leading city in international visitor spending with 20.23 billion U.S. dollars. New York and Paris followed closely.

As well as having the most international visitor spending, London was also the most popular city destination in the world in 2015, with approximately 18.82 million international overnight visitors. Bangkok was the second most popular city with 18.24 million visitors and Paris placed third with 16.06 million. The most popular tourist attraction worldwide was the Las Vegas Strip in the United States with just short of 40 million visitors a year.

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