Malaysia is #10 in World’s Top Tourist Destination from UNWTO

Malaysia is No.10 in World's Top Tourist Destinations

Malaysia is #10 in World’s Top Tourist Destination from UNWTO

According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the world’s number one tourist destination is (again) France, with 83 million international tourist arrivals in 2012 – up almost 2% over the previous year.

The complete top 10 are:

  1. France – 83 million international tourist arrivals
  2. United States – 67 million international tourist arrivals
  3. China – 57.7 million international tourist arrivals
  4. Spain – 57.7 million international tourist arrivals
  5. Italy – 46.4 million international tourist arrivals
  6. Turkey – 35.7 million international tourist arrivals
  7. Germany – 30.4 million international tourist arrivals
  8. United Kingdom – 29.3 million international tourist arrivals
  9. Russian Federation – 25.7 million international tourist arrivals
  10. Malaysia – 25 million international tourist arrivals

When it comes to international tourism receipts, the United States takes the top spot:

  1. United States US$126.2 billion
  2. Spain – US$55.9 billion
  3. France – US$ 53.7 billion
  4. China – US$50 billion
  5. Macao – US$43.7 billion
  6. Italy – US$41.2 billion
  7. Germany – US$38.1 billion
  8. United Kingdom – US$36.4 billion
  9. Hong Kong – US$32.1 billion
  10. Australia – US$31.5 billion

According to the UNWTO report, International tourist arrivals in Europe rose by 3% in 2012 on top of a strong 2011 (+6%), a remarkable result in view of the lingering economic difficulties. Accounting for 52% of all international arrivals worldwide, Europe reached 534 million tourist arrivals in 2012, 18 million more than in 2011. International tourism receipts increased by 2% in real terms totaling US$ 458 billion (euro 356 billion), representing 43% of the world total.

The report also indicated that the Americas welcomed 163 million international tourists in 2012, up 7 million (+5%) on the previous year. International tourism receipts in the region reached US$ 213 billion, an increase of 6% in real terms. The region maintained its share of worldwide arrivals at 16%, while its share of receipts was up by one percentage point to 20%. Source.

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