Travel Abroad Changes

Travel Abroad Changes

International travel—up 28 percent since 1995—is in a constant state of change, with travelers discovering (and rediscovering) destinations all the time. Here, the latest figures.

T+L Ratings Key

Stalled
No sign of movement

Caution Mode
Holding steady

Full Speed Ahead
Growing and growing...

T+L
Rating
Country Number of
visitors*

(in millions)
Percent change
in visitors

(1995-2002)
France 77.0 +28.3
China 53.4 +76.5
Spain 51.8 +48.2
United States 41.9 -3.3
Italy 39.8 +28.2
United Kingdom 24.2 +2.7
Canada 20.1 +18.5
Mexico 19.7 -2.8
Germany 18.0 +21.0
Saudi Arabia 7.5 +125.9
Sweden 7.5 +222.9
Croatia 6.9 +367.6
Australia/New Zealand 6.8 +34.1
South Africa 6.6 +39.8
United Arab Emirates 5.5 +135.2
Japan 5.2 +56.6
Brazil 3.8 +90.0
Argentina 2.8 +23.2
Cambodia/Laos 1.0 +257.9
El Salvador 1.0 +304.7
Kenya 0.8 -6.5
Azerbaijan 0.8 +796.8
Zambia 0.6 +246.6

REPORTED BY JENNIFER V. COLE, ROBERT MANIACI, AND CLARK MITCHELL

*Sources: World Tourism Organization and U.S. Office of Travel & Tourism Industries. Figures shown and available data are from 2002 unless otherwise indicated.


The Top 3 Moneymakers

1 United States $66.5 billion
2 Spain $33.6 billion
3 France $32.3 billion

Biggest Increase China tops the list with 17 million more arrivals than in 1995, for a total of 37 million.

Fastest Regional Growth Rate The region with the highest average annual visitor growth rate since 1995: the Middle East (10.6 percent).

Fastest National Growth Rate The country with the highest annual visitor growth rate since 1995: Azerbaijan, with 36.8 percent.The second highest: Croatia, with 24.7 percent.

Where Americans Go 58.5 percent of all Americans who travel (32.97 million) went to Canada or Mexico.

Top 5 long-haul destinations for Americans

1 United Kingdom 3.2 million
2 France 2.2 million
3 Italy 1.7 million
4 Germany 1.6 million
5 Japan 1.3 million

23 million Number of travelers from Canada and Mexico who visited the United States.
12 million Number of travelers to the U.S. from Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, the U.K., and Venezuela.

27 million Total combined number of tourists that visited the Eiffel Tower, the Egyptian Pyramids, the Acropolis, Rome's Colosseum, the Taj Mahal, Moscow's Red Square, Sydney Harbour, Buckingham Palace, the Alhambra, and Mount Fuji in 2003.
42 million Number of people who visited the Mall of America during the same period.

REPORTED BY JENNIFER V. COLE, ROBERT MANIACI, AND CLARK MITCHELL

*Sources: World Tourism Organization and U.S. Office of Travel & Tourism Industries. Figures shown and available data are from 2002 unless otherwise indicated.

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