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Countries spending the most on international tourism

Last updated on: October 02, 2013 23:24 IST
Tourists cool off in the Trocadero fountains near the Eiffel tower on a hot summer day in Paris.

Some nationalities are spending billions of dollars every year on tourism, which is one of the biggest industries in the world.

Let's take a look at biggest spenders on foreign travels.

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Countries spending the most on international tourism

Last updated on: October 02, 2013 23:24 IST
A view of Beijing, China.

China

Expenditure on international tourism (2012): $102 billion

Expenditure on international tourism (2011): $72.6 billion

Year-on-year change in local currency: 37.2 per cent

Market share (2012): 9.5 per cent

Population (2012): 1.35 billion

Expenditure per capita: $75

Overall rank: 1

China, the fastest growing economy in the world, is spending the most on overseas tourism.

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Countries spending the most on international tourism

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Tourists Caro and Anna from Munich lie in a bed mounted to a rental bike as they ride along Friedrichstrasse in central Berlin, Germany.

Germany

Expenditure on international tourism (2012): $83.8 billion

Expenditure on international tourism (2011): $85.9 billion

Year-on-year change in local currency: 5.8 per cent

Market share (2012): 7.8 per cent

Population (2012): 82 million

Expenditure per capita: $1,023

Overall rank: 2

Germany, the economic powerhouse of Europe, is one of the biggest spenders on foreign trips.

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Countries spending the most on international tourism

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Tourists gather in Times Square in New York City, United States.

United States

Expenditure on international tourism (2012): $83.5 billion

Expenditure on international tourism (2011): $78.2 billion

Year-on-year change in local currency: 6.7 per cent

Market share (2012): 7.8 per cent

Population (2012): 314 million

Expenditure per capita: $266

Overall rank: 3

United States, the biggest economy in the world, spends more than $83 billion on foreign trips every year.

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Countries spending the most on international tourism

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A view of Canary Wharf in London, United Kingdom.

United Kingdom

Expenditure on international tourism (2012): $52.3 billion

Expenditure on international tourism (2011): $51.0 billion

Year-on-year change in local currency: 4.1 per cent

Market share (2012): 4.9 per cent

Population (2012): 63 million

Expenditure per capita: $828

Overall rank: 4

United Kingdom, one of the biggest financial centres in the world, is a major spender on overseas visits.

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Countries spending the most on international tourism

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A woman walks on the platform as a train arrives at Mayakovskaya metro station, which was built in 1938, in Moscow, Russia.

Russia

Expenditure on international tourism (2012): $42.8 billion

Expenditure on international tourism (2011): $32.9 billion

Year-on-year change in local currency: 36.5 per cent

Market share (2012): 4.0 per cent

Population (2012): 142 million

Expenditure per capita: $302

Overall rank: 5

Russia, which has one of the biggest oil and gas reserves in the world, saw more than 36 per cent growth in overseas spending.

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Countries spending the most on international tourism

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A view of Paris, France.

France

Expenditure on international tourism (2012): $37.2 billion

Expenditure on international tourism (2011): $44.1 billion

Year-on-year change in local currency: Down 8.7 per cent

Market share (2012): 3.5 per cent

Population (2012): 63 million

Expenditure per capita: $586

Overall rank: 6

France, one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world, witnessed a decline of about nine per cent in spending on overseas trips.

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Countries spending the most on international tourism

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Snowboarders ride a chair lift on one of the many snow runs during night skiing on Grouse Mountain with the city of Vancouver, British Columbia down below, Canada.

Canada

Expenditure on international tourism (2012): $35.1 billion

Expenditure on international tourism (2011): $33.3 billion

Year-on-year change in local currency: 6.2 per cent

Market share (2012): 3.3 per cent

Population (2012): 35 million

Expenditure per capita: $1,007

Overall rank: 7

Canada, one of the richest countries in the world, is a big spender based on per capita expenditure.

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Countries spending the most on international tourism

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Pedestrians walk across a zebra crossing in Tokyo, Japan.

Japan

Expenditure on international tourism (2012): $27.9 billion

Expenditure on international tourism (2011): $27.2 billion

Year-on-year change in local currency: 2.4 per cent

Market share (2012): 2.6 per cent

Population (2012): 128 million

Expenditure per capita: $218

Overall rank: 8

Japan, one of the biggest exporters in the world, is famous for high spending and love of travel.

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Countries spending the most on international tourism

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Kayakers paddle on the Swan River past the Perth city skyline, Australia.

Australia

Expenditure on international tourism (2012): $27.6 billion

Expenditure on international tourism (2011): $26.7 billion

Year-on-year change in local currency: 2.9 per cent

Market share (2012): 2.6 per cent

Population (2012): 23 million

Expenditure per capita: $1,210

Overall rank: 9

Australia, which has one of the biggest reserves of minerals, is the highest spender on foreign trips based on per capita expenditure.

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Countries spending the most on international tourism

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An aerial view of St Peter's Square in Rome, Italy.

Italy

Expenditure on international tourism (2012): $26.4 billion

Expenditure on international tourism (2011): $28.7 billion

Year-on-year change in local currency: Down 0.3 per cent

Market share (2012): 2.5 per cent

Population (2012): 61 million

Expenditure per capita: $433

Overall rank: 10

Italy, which was hit hard by the 2008 global economic crisis, has seen a decline in spending on foreign visits.