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Tourist dollars are shifting to new destinations, largely in Asia, but shopping and world-renowned attractions are still the largest factor influencing where travelers spend.
Foreign tourists spent $126.2 billion in the United States in 2012, more than double the second highest amount, $56 billion, that travelers spent in Spain that year.
The report outlines how much tourists spent in 50 global countries in 2012. Tourism receipts, or money spent by international visitors, count all transactions related to consumption by international visitors including lodging, food, domestic transportation, entertainment, and shopping.
Five of the ten countries that filled their pockets with the most tourists’ dollars in recent years are located in Europe. Tourists spent between $36 billion and $56 billion in each France, Spain, Italy, Germany, and the UK in 2012.
China also earns a top spot on the list with companies in the mainland and Macau reaping a combined $94 billion in revenue in 2012.
The 20 countries where tourists spent the most money in 2012 is outlined below:
|Country||International Tourism Receipts (US$ Billion)||Growth Between 2012 & 2011 (%)|
|Hong Kong (China||33.1||15.9|