Number of international tourist arrivals worldwide from 1996 to 2016 (in millions)

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International tourist arrivals in millions

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This statistic shows the number of international tourist arrivals worldwide from 1996 to 2016. In 2016, it was estimated that the number of international tourist arrivals worldwide would reach approximately 1.24 billion.
International tourist arrivals - additional information

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, with an estimated 1.24 billion arrivals expected in 2016. 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 7.61 trillion U.S. dollars to the global economy in 2016. Countries with the largest tourism expenditure included China, the United States and Germany. In 2016, Dubai was the leading city in international visitor spending with 31.3 billion U.S. dollars. London and New York followed, with a difference of more than 11 billion U.S. dollars.

As well as having the most international visitor spending, Dubai was also the fourth most popular city destination in the world in 2016, with approximately 15.27 million international overnight visitors. Bangkok was the most popular city with 21.47 million visitors and Paris placed third with 18.03 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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Release date
August 2017
Survey time period
1996 to 2016
Supplementary notes
* Provisional figure

Figures from 1996 to 2015 were revised according to the newest available release of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.

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