The Essentials

Where Travelers Spend the Most Money

What makes a top tourist destination? Or perhaps, conversely, what makes a top tourist destination one that you might want to skip?


One metric is to figure out where the most money is spent at each destination by travelers.


Coming in at number one for international tourist receipts — the United States is at $214 billion.


What about number two? Spain is at $74 billion followed by France at $67 billion.


Are you going to the United Kingdom? You won’t be alone. Tourists spent $52 billion there last year.


Germany is almost tied with Australia — each with about $44 billion in visitor spend.


At the bottom of the list, at just $1 billion, that’s Sudan, Ukraine and Armenia.