International tourists spent more money in the United States than any other country in 2012, reveals data from the UNWTO‘s recently released Tourism Barometer.

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:

CountryInternational Tourism Receipts (US$ Billion)Growth Between 2012 & 2011 (%)
United States126.29.2
Spain55.91.2
France53.66
China503.2
Macao (China)43.913.7
Italy41.23.8
Germany38.16.2
United Kingdom36.45.2
Thailand33.826.7
Hong Kong (China33.115.9
Australia31.81.2
Turkey25.31.2
Malaysia20.24
Singapore19.35.8
Austria18.93.1
India1821.8
Canada17.44.6
Switzerland16-1.3
Japan14.632.9
Korea14.213.6
Related Reads:
Photo Credit: American flags are handed out at the Woodward Dream Cruise, the world’s largest one-day automotive event held in Detroit. Kaleidico / Flickr