The Top 5 Most Visited Countries in the World

  Country Tourist Arrivals
(% change)
Tourist Spending
1 France 89.4 million
$67.3 billion
2 Spain 82.7 million
$73.3 billion
3 United States 79.6 million
$214.4 billion
4 China 62.9 million
$40.3 billion
5 Italy 62.1 million
$49.2 billion
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Sources:  United Nations World Tourism Organization: “UNWTO Tourism Highlights, 2019 Edition"

List Notes: Data is the top 5 countries with the most international tourist arrivals in millions for the year 2018 (latest available data as of August, 2020). Percent change is from 2017. Tourist spending is in U.S. dollars. Definition of "tourist visit": international inbound tourists (overnight visitors) are the number of tourists who travel to a country other than that in which they have their usual residence, but outside their usual environment, for a period not exceeding 12 months and whose main purpose in visiting is other than an activity remunerated from within the country visited.

Please note: tourist arrival data is normally a year behind. Data for 2019 will be published in 2020 and data for 2020 will be published in 2019. We can expect a huge crash in tourist arrivals in the first half of 2020 due to the global pandemic.

Most Visited Countries in the World

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