1. FranceInternational tourist arrivals in 2012: 83 millionChange from 2011: 1.8%International tourism receipts in 2012: $53.7 billionChange from 2011: -1.5%Global marketshare: 11.7%
International tourist arrivals worldwide exceeded the one billion mark for the first time ever in 2012, with 1,035 million tourists, up four per cent from 995 million in 2011, according to the latest report released by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Spend by travellers also rose last year, with international tourism receipts reaching $1,075 billion worldwide, a 3.1 per cent increase compared to $1,042 billion in 2011.
Most of the top 10 most visited countries in the world remained the same as 2011, with France retaining the top spot.
All data according to the UNWTO Tourism Highlights 2013 Edition.