Travel to destinations in Asia and the Pacific The Asia-Pacific region has long been a major source of international tourism and now enjoys the highest average annual travel demand of any region in the world. Asia-Pacific tourism accounts for nearly 80% of the peak year-to-year demand and nearly half of the peak year-to-year growth in travel demand. Asia-Pacific tourism in 2012 reached 1.167 billion, up from 1.054 billion in 2011, and 1.235 billion in 2010. Average annual growth for this region was 7%.
Asia-Pacific tourism demand has been also increasing in recent years. In 2012, domestic demand increased by 7% from 2011 and was up from 5% in 2011. International demand increased by 10% from 2011 and was up from 6% in 2011. The number of international tourists in China grew slightly during 2012 to 1.046 billion, up from 1.054 billion in 2011, and 1.032 billion in 2010, a slight decline from 1.032 billion in 2009. The number of international tourist arrivals in Hong Kong increased by 6.8 percent in 2012 to 1.095 billion, a growth of 16.2 percent from 2011, and was up from 1.095 billion in 2011 and 1.095 billion in 2010.
The number of international tourists in Macau grew by 5.1 percent in 2012 to 1.056 billion, a growth of 12.6 percent from 2011, and was up from 1.056 billion in 2011 and 1.056 billion in 2010. The number of international tourists in Taiwan grew by 5.4 percent in 2012 to 1.054 billion, a growth of 16.4 percent from 2011, and was up from 1. International tourist arrivals to the U.S. rose from 764 million in 2011 to 805 million in 2012, a growth rate of 0.6 percent. For the first time in more than two decades, international travel demand for the United States surpassed the number of international visitors to the country in 2009. As of mid-2012, U.S. tourism accounted for approximately 1.3 percent of total international tourism arrivals. Related Information: U.S. Travel to Latin America and Caribbean, 2011 U.S. The United States is currently home to the top three countries with the greatest number of international tourists, with the United States being the largest with a total of 3,037 million international visitors in 2012, followed by China (2,943 million) and Japan (2,853 million).
The United States is the world's largest travel destination for the 25th consecutive year and the eighth year in a row that the United States has been among the top five destinations for international tourists, with the United States ranking seventh in 2012. It is the largest destination in the world for international student tourists, with approximately two-thirds of their travel to the United States being for study purposes. The United States remains the world's largest source of international tourist arrivals. In 2012, international tourism accounted for approximately 75% of total U.S. flows into the country. The following table provides a description of the most common visa types issued by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Canada Border Services Agency and Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) in 2012. * In 2012, the global number of international tourists reached 1.038 billion, a 6.3% increase over 2011, with an increase of 254 million visitors from China.
In 2012, China's tourists accounted for nearly half of all international tourists. * The number of international tourists from the United States increased from 168 million in 2011 to 219 million in 2012, and the number of international tourists from the United Kingdom increased from 27 million in 2011 to 30 million in 2012. The number of international tourists from Japan was flat at 5.8 million in 2012. * The number of international tourists from China increased from 9.0 million in 2011 to 13.2 million in 2012, and the number of international tourists from the United Kingdom increased from 6.5 million in 2011 to 7.5 million in 2012. * The number of residents of the United States (non-U.S. citizens) grew by 3. This trend continued as the number of international tourism arrivals increased in 2013 and 2014, reaching the highest level on record. International tourism arrivals in France have risen from over 9 million in 2000 to over 1.045 billion in 2012. In 2014, the total number of international tourists visiting France was slightly higher than in 2013 (1.060 billion vs. 1.058 billion), but the growth was only half as strong as that in 2012 (9.5 percent vs. 10.6 percent).
International tourism arrivals in Germany increased by 10 percent in 2014, reaching 1.049 billion. International tourism arrivals in Italy rose by 10 percent in 2014, reaching 1.094 billion. In 2014, the total number of international tourist arrivals in Germany was unchanged from 2013 (1.069 billion) and the growth was barely faster than 2012 (6 percent vs. 5.9 percent). The domestic travel market is expected to grow by 5.4 percent in 2013, up from 3.9 percent in 2012.