According to the World Tourism Organization, Chinese tourists came first with total expenditure of $277 billion in 2018, representing one fifth of total international tourism spending and 5% higher than last year's figure.
China's tourism spending is expected to continue to rise in the future, and currently only 10% of its 1.4 billion people travel internationally. By 2027, the number of Chinese passport holders is expected to reach 300 million or 20% of the country's population.
In second place, tourists in the United States spent $144 billion, with 7 percent increase from the previous year.
Despite being ranked fifth with only $48 billion, France saw a significant increase from last year, with spending increasing 11 percent more than last year.
Not only France, but also Russia, which ranked seventh, experienced 11 percent soar compared to 2017, according to data from UNWTO.
In Germany, the total tourism expenditure reached $94 billion, coming in the third spot, but the rise from the previous year was just 1 percent.
In last place, Italy spent only $30 billion, up
four percent from 2017.