Global international tourism revenue 2000-2018

This statistic shows the global international tourism revenue from 2000 to 2018. In 2018, international tourism revenue amounted to 1.45 trillion U.S. dollars.
According to the World Bank international tourism receipts are expenditures by international inbound visitors, including payments to national carriers for international transport. Included in these receipts are also any other prepayment made for goods or services received in the destination country.

International tourism - additional information

Travel has become more accessible to people around the world over the past few decades and, as a result, the global tourism industry has boomed, particularly in more recent years. From an already sizeable 475 billion U.S. dollar revenue in 2000, the industry proceeded to generate more than 1.3 trillion dollars in 2017. Tourism’s total contribution to the global economy in 2017 was around 8.27 trillion U.S. dollars, so it is not surprising that global leaders have placed much emphasis on the promotion of tourism in their own countries. The effects on tourism are also often among the first things to be considered when countries are suffering crises, such as war and disease.

International tourist arrivals exceeded one billion in 2017. Each year, Europe is the region receiving by far the largest number of international tourist arrivals worldwide, followed by the Asia Pacific region.

With tourists comes spending. In 2016, Dubai benefited the most from visitor spending with tourists splashing out above 31 billion U.S. dollars there. London, New York and Bangkok attracted a lot of spenders too. Tourist spending also profits other large industries closely linked to tourism. The global hotel industry had a retail value of 495.17 billion U.S. dollars in 2016.

Global international tourism revenue from 2000 to 2018

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Release date

August 2019



Survey time period

2000 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Provisional figure

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