Latest Global Tourism Statistics Over The Years

Some Ghanaians displaying their rich kente clothes as part of a tourism event in the United States

According to the Statista Research Department, global international tourism receipts increased by nearly 14% in 2021 compared to the previous year, following a sharp decline in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Worldwide, international tourism receipts reached approximately 636.5 billion dollars in 2021, up from 559 billion dollars in 2020 but still significantly below pre-pandemic levels.

The pandemic resulted in approximately 409 million international tourist arrivals in 2020, the lowest number since 1989. In 2021, however, they increased by approximately 9%.

In the first year of the health crisis, inbound arrivals decreased by 68% in Europe, the world’s most popular destination for tourists from abroad, but increased to 301 million in 2021.

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The United States of America and China stand out in the global image when looking at the total contribution that travel and tourism make to GDP. However, both nations reported a significant decrease in the contribution of travel and tourism to national GDP compared to 2019, as the pandemic severely affected these sectors in 2020 and 2021.

In 2021, the travel and tourism industries in the United States contributed a total of 1.27 trillion dollars, with China coming in second with 814 billion dollars.

International tourism receipts in billion U.S. dollars:

2021– 636.5
2020– 558.8
2019– 1,493.7
2018– 1,462.9
2017– 1,350.7
2016– 1,252.6
2015– 1,223
2014– 1,318.5
2013– 1,259.6
2011– 1,122
2010– 1,004
2009– 894.6

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