Top Ten World's Tourism Earners

By dorotix, December 11th 2009 in Travel News Comments (84)

Tourism is a huge industry. It is an important pillar of many economies that generates billions of dollars annually. Without revenues from tourism even the world's strongest and most prosperous countries could shake. Despite the economic downturn, which has stopped many people from traveling, the world's most popular destinations still receive enormous numbers of visitors, who leave enormous amounts of money in the pockets of their hosts.

In 2008 there were 922 million tourists traveling to foreign countries (reflecting 2% growth year on year) where they spent US$ 944 billion, according to the World Tourist Organization. Of course, 2009 is to bring a decline in tourism due to the recession - in the first four months of the year there were 8% less people traveling around our globe in comparison to the same months of 2008. Still, by 2010 international arrivals are estimated to reach 1.6 billion.




$21.8 billion

Winter in Brixen, Austria. By jorik de beer

Tones of white fluffy snow perfect for skiing, Alpine hiking, cafes of Vienna, chocolate stores filled with the most delicious pralines, a superb cultural offer... It's hard to say "no" once you are there? So you don't, and neither do other tourists. Austria is a tiny country of great travel opportunities both in summer and winter months, and Austrians know how to make loads out of it. Tourism is an extremely important part of the country's economy - it accounts for almost 9% of Austrian GDP.



$22.0 billion

Somewhere in Turkey. By Sindre Sorhus

How not to visit (and spend money) a country with such a variety of archaeological, historical and natural sites (the state is home to two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World). Over recent years Turkey has become one of the most popular travel destinations - between 2000 and 2008 the number of visitors increased from 8 million to almost 40 million! Therefore, the country is the world's eight most visited state (by number of arrivals) and the ninth revenue owner.



$24.7 billion

Surfing in Australia, Gold Coast. By Michael Dawes

Whether you come for surfing, best caffee latte in the world, or business, Australia is one of those countries you can easily fall in love with. The Opera House, Uluru, Great Ocean Road, fascinating outback, golden beaches and multicultural atmosphere...the country has a wide array of tempting offers for backpackers, holidaymakers and travelers, who left almost US$ 25 billion in the country in 2008, reflecting a 10% increase year on year. No wonder tourism is an important pillar of the Australian economy.


United Kingdom

$36.0 billion

London. By Dimitry B

United Kingdom, and more specifically London, is a must-see for every traveler. The capital of Great Britain is the second most visited city in the world, with a number of visitors totaling to almost 15 million in 2008. With the strong British pound, the country is also one of the most expensive destinations where coffee may cost you twice as much as in other European countries. Still 30 million of visitors annually prove United Kingdom is worth what it earns.



$40.0 billion

Hohenzollern Castle in Germany. By Trodel

Germans are creative and inventive. They know how to make a product for sale out of everything, be it sausage, potatoes or yodeling. They don't have an Eiffel Tower, never-ending golden beaches, or Gaudi's architectural masterpieces that dot Barcelona, but still, tourism brought Germans US$ 40 billion in 2008. Be it fairy-tale castles, Berlin's liberal atmosphere, kebabs that conquer its Turkish archetype - something must have attracted 25 million people that came to visit Germany in 2008 and made the country the world's ninth most popular tourist destination.



$40.8 billion

Cong Sheng Temple, Dali, China. By CW YE

China is a colossal country of enormous travel opportunities and diversity that cannot be found anywhere else. It is becoming a more and more popular destination - in 2008, 53 million tourists arrived to China, making it the fourth most visited country in the world. By the way of comparison, in 1978, the country received about 230,000 foreign tourists. Among main areas generating the highest income for China are Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou - these are the richest and the most frequently visited regions.



$45.7 billion

Vineyards in Rocchetta Belbo,Piedmont in Italy. By bluestardrop

Tourism is one of Italy's most profitable industrial sectors, with revenue of over US $45 billion. Rich art, superb cuisine, fashion and culture attract millions of visitors per year from around the world. Italy boasts 44 World Heritage sites, which is more than any other country on our globe, and its ancient cities, Mediterranean beaches and richness of tradition have been travel and money magnets for centuries.



$55.6 billion

Eguisheim, France. By Ela2007

No matter what you search for, you will find it in France. Millions know it, and they keep coming for superb skiing in the French Alps, laid-back surfing in Biarritz, crazy partying in Paris, relaxing in Boulogne or sampling best quality wine in Burgundy. In 2008 France was visited by 79 million people, which made it the world's number one destination by the number of visitors, and the country boasts the title of the world's third biggest tourism earner.



$61.6 billion

Valdoviño Beach, Galicia, Spain. By Carlospics

Golden beaches, medieval towns, flamenco dancers, fruity sangria, Barcelona's museums, ski slopes of Pyrenees - this (and much more) is Spain. Over the recent years the country has surpassed Italy, its Mediterranean rival, and now it is the world's third most popular travel destination. In the last two decades tourism has become a vital contributor to Spain's economy, generating around US$ 60 billion annually.


United States

 $110.1 billion

New York. By ferqusonphotography

In 2008, 35 million tourists visited Times Square, 31 million took a stroll down the Las Vegas Strip, 24 million saw the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington. The United States is the second most visited country in the world - the US regained its number two position in arrivals, which it lost to Spain after 11 September 2001. Moreover, the USA is the number one state in terms of revenues generated by tourism. In 2008 the country earned over US $ 110 billion, which is almost twice as much as Spain, the world's second biggest earner.


  1. suzane Dec 25, 2009 6:29 AM

    Very nice Pictures. :) specially i like Turkey. Turkey is the one of the best place on earth. Turkey is the successor state to the Ottoman Empire. It is a democratic, secular, unitary, constitutional republic, whose political system was established in 1923 under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, following the fall of the Ottoman Empire in the aftermath of World War.

  2. enazus Jan 20, 2010 1:24 AM

    Turkey sucks. they kill Kurds.

    free Kurdistan!

  3. paprikices Jan 25, 2010 10:43 PM

    I've certainly make my contribution to all the countries listed, except China (not yet).
    Loved Australia, Austria... not that much!

  4. Leonard Okoth Feb 5, 2010 1:07 AM

    Congratulations on such a wonderful post. I really enjoyed reading it. Thank You!!

  5. limousine orlando Feb 25, 2010 2:07 AM

    I like all these place.but i like most Austria.This is a very nice place.A special thanks for providing me such most beautiful pics.

  6. port canaveral Feb 25, 2010 5:06 AM

    Italy is one of the most beautiful also provide very beautiful world's famous places.

  7. Grupo Mayan Mar 4, 2010 5:07 AM

    your blog is very nice.All places are very nice and beautiful for vacations.

  8. Mayan Business Mar 4, 2010 5:47 AM

    All places are world's famous places.Choose a single place is too difficult.

  9. James Mar 13, 2010 4:10 PM

    I specıally like Turkey with ıts worm air , golden beaches , lagoons and hıstoric sites...

  10. Goran Apr 26, 2010 5:20 PM

    all amazing places to check out

  11. queen bee May 5, 2010 2:43 AM

    we may consider a place nice depending on what we are after..some of us fancy architecture, others landscapes, some adore the i guess deciding which place is best to go to is pretty much relative..thank you for providing us your insight..nice!

  12. hastalavista May 11, 2010 12:09 PM

    Moge Koerden op jullie hoofd poepen -_-'

  13. aussie Sep 18, 2010 6:19 AM

    i think australia is the best place to visit....

  14. Your Name...Austin Nov 3, 2010 8:54 PM

    World is a gift from God to us and we should taste and explore the things he made only for us becoz He Himself want us to know His amazing works.......>>>>>

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  16. frosty Jan 6, 2011 6:08 AM

    among the countries given, its only Australia that i haven't been... looking forward to be there.
    yet i want to say I LOVE TURKEY!

  17. nicole foxxy Feb 1, 2011 3:56 AM

    that is so nice and it is really nice and stuff like that mad wish i could go there

  18. jessica mauboy Feb 1, 2011 3:59 AM

    Lol that is so cool i cant wait untill i visht it there so much cant wairt yer man i love it hahahahhahahaha lol :)

  19. anemon Feb 1, 2011 12:00 PM

    Turkey is one of the richest and mixed culture on earth but not advertised so far.actually there are too many jelaous and discrinative attitudes toward Turkey which ı explain cos of its muslim identity otherwise Turkey is much more stronger any other european countries except germany and russia.

  20. Smurfinator Feb 8, 2011 9:07 PM

    Thanks very much for the info, very helpful for homework on tourism and revenue :)

  21. Rachel91 Feb 19, 2011 9:58 PM

    Great post, I was just wondering if you would have any information on countries that rely on tourism i.e. Developing countries - Caribbean Islands, Maldives etc. Showing what countries earn the most in a ranking of #10, as I'm doing a study and can't find any suitable information


  22. Vicki Apr 18, 2011 8:33 PM

    the best place ive ever visited is turkey

  23. safdar ali May 10, 2011 1:16 PM

    me from pakistan and my universitiy give me project on tourism in spain,i am work in this project but it is too hard.......................

  24. Angelo Jun 19, 2011 12:05 PM

    My GF and I went to Turkey this summer (to Bodrum). All I can say is "the best vacation ever.". The only problem is I gained 10 pounds in 2 weeks :) ))

  25. tesfay Sep 11, 2011 7:21 PM

    i want to horn africa this summer .in this zone the best nature world's to i wish best trip !

  26. kieran Sep 24, 2011 7:24 AM

    Turkey..the most dynamic society I've ever seen. Go Kas for scuba diving and falling love for Istanbul..

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  28. sallyfromtheuk Oct 11, 2011 3:48 PM

    i ve been to Istanbul & Cappadocia in Turkey.
    both destinations are amazing, amazing and amazing!

  29. Miguel Ramon Martin Oct 28, 2011 1:20 PM

    well I love to get visit everywhere in the world, its my hobby also, above mentioned palce looks like the whole world is here...

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  31. Zaf. Jan 27, 2012 5:34 PM

    Turkey is awsome! with regards to the Kurds, I think you will find they are waging a war against turks and have killed thousands of Turkish soldiers, but, it is important for Turkey to recognise thier ethnic population and incorporate them fully into turkish society.. peacefully....

  32. K Mar 23, 2012 5:48 PM

    Well. I see comments about Kurds here and I'm Turkish. I have to say we're also not happy what's happening about them today. We're sorry about these things happened because of Kurdish Terrorism. We shouldn't cut the bill for all Kurds, and I can understand them because we couldn't be succesful about terrorism and their hometown became a war field.

    I wish freedom for Kurds for also my nation's profits (And this is reality, it is proofed that we cannot live together and they want to be free, plus we want a national Turkish country) and I don't think it will be country like they are dreaming. A different version of Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Afghanistan serie. It won't make them happy.

    I'm sorry because it's not about the article but I couldn't stop myself to not type these.


  33. u.s.a Mar 25, 2012 3:32 PM

    omg wanna visit america

  34. u.s.a Mar 25, 2012 3:32 PM

    @k you tqalk to much ASS HOLE

  35. Olly Mar 28, 2012 10:11 PM

    lol.. fool ^

  36. Pulau Tidung Apr 5, 2012 2:36 AM

    Looks great

  37. blossom Apr 26, 2012 10:28 PM

    so lovely...
    all of them...................

  38. donny May 3, 2012 7:51 PM

    awesome all of 'em

  39. Hossein from Iran May 5, 2012 9:49 AM

    revenue and Rating Canada's in tourism ?

  40. Oliver May 6, 2012 8:31 PM

    Because the US is so huge and diverse, there is also a lot of intranational tourism. I'm American, but there are parts of my own country that seem very foreign to me. I'm sure others could relate.

  41. Ajewole damilola May 19, 2012 10:28 AM

    Wonderful!, it's quite spendid that master works of nature are this beautiful.

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  43. david Jun 14, 2012 1:25 PM

    will india be the most wisited place .

  44. CHETAN Jun 27, 2012 12:58 PM

    great pictures.. :)

  45. lorelei Jul 9, 2012 1:23 PM

    i want to travel those pictures............... :D

  46. bluewins Jul 14, 2012 3:33 PM

    philippines must be on top!

  47. ayen Jul 25, 2012 4:11 PM

    i want to travel london because of a beautiful place great picture.., :) ) :) )

  48. justy Jul 26, 2012 4:14 PM

    gosh, i lyk france

  49. justine n Jul 26, 2012 4:16 PM

    italy, u rock man. wsh i cul b thre 1 day.

  50. shab Aug 6, 2012 2:34 AM

    i love to see all listed places,but to start with austria and turkey.

  51. mohammed Nov 11, 2012 3:17 PM

    italy :D

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  53. HI Nov 19, 2012 2:50 PM

    I really want to go to america again :D DDDD

  54. Amarjeet Nov 19, 2012 2:51 PM

    I really need to visit these countries :D :D :D :D

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  57. jhoyclaire Nov 25, 2012 11:46 AM

    so terrible :D D

  58. geneh Mar 10, 2013 3:41 PM

    wow thats why im undertaking an honours in tourism and hospitality coz i know that one day l will managing 1 of these beautyfull places with the help of the lord

  59. Reena.... Mar 25, 2013 5:17 AM

    I love Italy....what a wonderful place!

  60. Vinko Mar 27, 2013 8:06 PM

    I made love wuth Suzanne under Turquish sunset, she sucked and swallowed all my milky staf

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    I love china

  62. diogo Nov 26, 2013 2:46 PM

    love spain

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