The most visited country in the world is France, which had approximately 83 million tourists from around the world in 2012. The United States was the second most visited county, with approximately 67 million international visitors. Tourists in France typically spend much less money — about $645 US Dollars (USD) per person — than those who visit the US, which averages $1,883 USD per visitor. This is thought to be because tourists in France are more likely to come from neighboring countries for affordable, short-term trips, such as long weekends or camping.
More about worldwide tourism:
- The average international visitor to the US stays for 18 days.
- Bangkok, Thailand, and London, England, are the two most visited capital cities, with each city receiving about 16 million visitors each year.
- The tourism industry accounts for nearly 10% of all jobs worldwide.