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Tourism

INTERNATIONAL COMPARISONS

Information on international tourism is compiled and published by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), a United Nations agency.

Data for this section were provided by Tourism Research Australia.

In terms of international visitor arrivals in 2010, Australia ranked 41st in the world (table 23.20), with 5.9 million arrivals. This comprised 0.6% of the world total. The two highest ranked countries were France, with 76.8 million arrivals, and the United States of America with 59.8 million arrivals.


23.20 GLOBAL TOURIST ARRIVALS—2010
RankCountry
Arrivals(a) (millions)
Change on 2009 (%)
Share (%)

1France
76.8
0.0
8.2
2United States of America
59.8
8.8
6.4
3China (excludes SARs and Taiwan)
55.7
9.4
5.9
4Spain
52.7
1.0
5.6
5Italy
43.6
0.9
4.6
6United Kingdom
28.3
0.3
3.0
7Turkey
27.0
5.9
2.9
8Germany
26.9
10.9
2.9
9Malaysia
24.6
3.9
2.6
10Mexico
22.3
3.8
2.4
11Austria
22.0
3.0
2.3
12Ukraine
21.2
1.9
2.3
13Russia
20.3
4.4
2.2
14Hong Kong (SAR of China)
20.1
18.7
2.1
15Canada
16.1
2.3
1.7
41Australia
5.9
5.4
0.6
World
940.0
6.6

(a) Data collection methodologies vary, with most of the countries shown in the table measuring the number of visitors arriving at frontiers (excluding same-day visitors).
Source: UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, Statistical Annex, Volume 9, October 2011, see Table: International Tourist Arrivals by Country of Destination.


Australia ranks somewhat higher, in world terms, for tourism receipts. In 2010, Australia was ranked 8th in the world (table 23.21), receiving estimated tourism spending of US$29.6 billion, which makes up around 3.2% of global tourism receipts. The two highest ranked countries were the United States of America, with US$103.5 billion, and Spain with US$52.5 billion.


23.21 GLOBAL TOURISM RECEIPTS—2010
RankCountry
Receipts (billion US$)
Change on 2009 (%)
Share (%)

1United States of America
103.5
9.9
11.2
2Spain
52.5
3.9
5.7
3France
46.6
–1.1
5.0
4China (excludes SARs and Taiwan)
45.8
15.5
4.9
5Italy
38.8
1.4
4.2
6Germany
34.7
5.3
3.7
7United Kingdom
32.4
8.4
3.5
8Australia
29.6
–0.8
3.2
9Macau (SAR of China)
27.8
53.5
3.0
10Hong Kong (SAR of China)
22.2
35.4
2.4
11Turkey
20.8
–2.1
2.2
12Thailand
19.8
16.6
2.1
13Austria
18.6
0.9
2.0
14Malaysia
18.3
5.9
2.0
15Canada
15.7
3.1
1.7
World
926.0
8.8


Source: UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, Statistical Annex, Volume 9, October 2011, see Table: International Tourism Receipts.

 

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