International tourism, number of arrivals - Country Ranking

Definition: International inbound tourists (overnight visitors) are the number of tourists who travel to a country other than that in which they have their usual residence, but outside their usual environment, for a period not exceeding 12 months and whose main purpose in visiting is other than an activity remunerated from within the country visited. When data on number of tourists are not available, the number of visitors, which includes tourists, same-day visitors, cruise passengers, and crew members, is shown instead. Sources and collection methods for arrivals differ across countries. In some cases data are from border statistics (police, immigration, and the like) and supplemented by border surveys. In other cases data are from tourism accommodation establishments. For some countries number of arrivals is limited to arrivals by air and for others to arrivals staying in hotels. Some countries include arrivals of nationals residing abroad while others do not. Caution should thus be used in comparing arrivals across countries. The data on inbound tourists refer to the number of arrivals, not to the number of people traveling. Thus a person who makes several trips to a country during a given period is counted each time as a new arrival.

Source: World Tourism Organization, Yearbook of Tourism Statistics, Compendium of Tourism Statistics and data files.

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Rank Country Value Year
1 France 83,767,000.00 2014
2 United States 75,011,000.00 2014
3 Spain 64,995,000.00 2014
4 China 55,622,000.00 2014
5 Italy 48,576,000.00 2014
6 Turkey 39,811,000.00 2014
7 Germany 32,999,000.00 2014
8 United Kingdom 32,613,000.00 2014
9 Russia 32,421,000.00 2014
10 Mexico 29,346,000.00 2014
11 Hong Kong SAR, China 27,770,000.00 2014
12 Malaysia 27,437,000.00 2014
13 Austria 25,291,000.00 2014
14 Thailand 24,810,000.00 2014
15 Greece 22,033,000.00 2014
16 Saudi Arabia 18,259,000.00 2014
17 Canada 16,537,000.00 2014
18 Poland 16,000,000.00 2014
19 Macao SAR, China 14,566,000.00 2014
20 Korea 14,202,000.00 2014
21 Netherlands 13,925,000.00 2014
22 Japan 13,413,000.00 2014
23 Ukraine 12,712,000.00 2014
24 Hungary 12,140,000.00 2014
25 Singapore 11,864,000.00 2014
26 Croatia 11,623,000.00 2014
27 Czech Republic 10,617,000.00 2014
28 Bahrain 10,452,000.00 2014
29 Morocco 10,283,000.00 2014
30 Denmark 10,267,000.00 2014
31 Egypt 9,628,000.00 2014
32 South Africa 9,549,000.00 2014
33 Indonesia 9,435,000.00 2014
34 Switzerland 9,158,000.00 2014
35 Portugal 9,092,000.00 2014
36 Ireland 8,813,000.00 2014
37 Romania 8,442,000.00 2014
38 Belgium 7,887,000.00 2014
39 Vietnam 7,874,000.00 2014
40 India 7,679,000.00 2014
41 Bulgaria 7,311,000.00 2014
42 United Arab Emirates 7,126,000.00 2005
43 Australia 6,868,000.00 2014
44 Brazil 6,430,000.00 2014
45 Slovak Republic 6,235,000.00 2012
46 Tunisia 6,069,000.00 2014
47 Argentina 5,931,000.00 2014
48 Sweden 5,660,000.00 2014
49 Georgia 5,516,000.00 2014
50 Dominican Republic 5,141,000.00 2014
51 Syrian Arab Republic 5,070,000.00 2011
52 Iran 4,967,000.00 2014
53 Norway 4,855,000.00 2014
54 Philippines 4,833,000.00 2014
55 Kazakhstan 4,560,000.00 2014
56 Cambodia 4,503,000.00 2014
57 Finland 4,226,000.00 2012
58 Jordan 3,990,000.00 2014
59 Chile 3,674,000.00 2014
60 Albania 3,341,000.00 2014
61 Puerto Rico 3,246,000.00 2014
62 Peru 3,215,000.00 2014
63 Lao PDR 3,164,000.00 2014
64 Myanmar 3,081,000.00 2014
65 Cuba 2,970,000.00 2014
66 Israel 2,927,000.00 2014
67 Estonia 2,918,000.00 2014
68 Kyrgyz Republic 2,849,000.00 2014
69 Qatar 2,826,000.00 2014
70 New Zealand 2,772,000.00 2014
71 Uruguay 2,682,000.00 2014
72 Colombia 2,565,000.00 2014
73 Costa Rica 2,527,000.00 2014
74 Cyprus 2,441,000.00 2014
75 Slovenia 2,411,000.00 2014
76 Andorra 2,363,000.00 2014
77 Algeria 2,301,000.00 2014
78 Azerbaijan 2,160,000.00 2014
79 Jamaica 2,080,000.00 2014
80 Lithuania 2,063,000.00 2014
81 Uzbekistan 1,969,000.00 2013
82 Zimbabwe 1,905,000.00 2014
83 Latvia 1,843,000.00 2014
84 Panama 1,745,000.00 2014
85 Malta 1,690,000.00 2014
86 Mozambique 1,661,000.00 2014
87 Ecuador 1,557,000.00 2014
88 Botswana 1,544,000.00 2013
89 Sri Lanka 1,527,000.00 2014
90 Oman 1,519,000.00 2014
91 Guatemala 1,455,000.00 2014
92 The Bahamas 1,427,000.00 2014
93 Lebanon 1,355,000.00 2014
94 Montenegro 1,350,000.00 2014
95 El Salvador 1,345,000.00 2014
96 Nicaragua 1,330,000.00 2014
97 Uganda 1,266,000.00 2014
98 Kenya 1,261,000.00 2014
99 Armenia 1,204,000.00 2014
100 Namibia 1,176,000.00 2013
101 Tanzania 1,113,000.00 2014
102 Ghana 1,093,000.00 2014
103 Lesotho 1,079,000.00 2014
104 Mauritius 1,039,000.00 2014
105 Luxembourg 1,038,000.00 2014
106 Serbia 1,029,000.00 2014
107 Iceland 998,000.00 2014
108 Yemen 990,000.00 2013
109 Swaziland 968,000.00 2013
110 Pakistan 966,000.00 2012
111 Zambia 947,000.00 2014
112 Rwanda 926,000.00 2014
113 Cameroon 912,000.00 2013
114 Iraq 892,000.00 2013
115 Bolivia 871,000.00 2014
116 Honduras 868,000.00 2014
117 Venezuela 857,000.00 2014
118 Senegal 836,000.00 2014
119 Malawi 795,000.00 2013
120 Nepal 790,000.00 2014
121 Ethiopia 770,000.00 2014
122 Fiji 693,000.00 2014
123 Sudan 684,000.00 2014
124 Paraguay 649,000.00 2014
125 Nigeria 600,000.00 2013
126 Angola 595,000.00 2014
127 Bosnia and Herzegovina 536,000.00 2014
128 Barbados 521,000.00 2014
129 Cabo Verde 494,000.00 2014
130 Côte d'Ivoire 471,000.00 2014
131 Haiti 465,000.00 2014
132 Macedonia 425,000.00 2014
133 Trinidad and Tobago 412,000.00 2014
134 Mongolia 393,000.00 2014
135 Cayman Islands 383,000.00 2014
136 Congo 373,000.00 2014
137 St. Lucia 338,000.00 2014
138 Monaco 329,000.00 2014
139 Belize 321,000.00 2014
140 Kuwait 307,000.00 2013
141 Togo 282,000.00 2014
142 Gabon 269,000.00 2005
143 Suriname 252,000.00 2014
144 Antigua and Barbuda 249,000.00 2014
145 Benin 242,000.00 2014
146 Seychelles 233,000.00 2014
147 Madagascar 222,000.00 2014
148 Tajikistan 213,000.00 2014
149 Guyana 206,000.00 2014
150 Brunei 201,000.00 2014
151 Dem. Rep. Congo 191,000.00 2013
151 Burkina Faso 191,000.00 2014
153 Papua New Guinea 182,000.00 2014
154 Mali 168,000.00 2014
155 The Gambia 156,000.00 2014
156 Burundi 142,000.00 2010
157 Palau 141,000.00 2014
158 Belarus 137,000.00 2014
159 Niger 135,000.00 2014
160 Bhutan 134,000.00 2014
160 Grenada 134,000.00 2014
162 Bangladesh 125,000.00 2014
163 Chad 122,000.00 2014
164 Samoa 120,000.00 2014
165 St. Kitts and Nevis 113,000.00 2014
166 Vanuatu 109,000.00 2014
167 Eritrea 107,000.00 2011
167 New Caledonia 107,000.00 2014
169 Dominica 81,000.00 2014
170 San Marino 75,000.00 2014
171 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 71,000.00 2014
171 Central African Republic 71,000.00 2012
173 Djibouti 63,000.00 2013
174 Timor-Leste 60,000.00 2014
175 Liechtenstein 54,000.00 2014
176 Tonga 50,000.00 2014
177 Sierra Leone 44,000.00 2014
178 Libya 34,000.00 2008
179 Guinea 33,000.00 2014
180 Guinea-Bissau 30,000.00 2007
180 Mauritania 30,000.00 2000
182 Solomon Islands 20,100.00 2014
183 Comoros 19,000.00 2011
184 São Tomé and Principe 12,000.00 2011
185 Moldova 11,000.00 2014
186 Turkmenistan 8,000.00 2007
187 Kiribati 5,900.00 2013
188 Tuvalu 1,400.00 2014

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Development Relevance: Tourism is officially recognized as a directly measurable activity, enabling more accurate analysis and more effective policy. Whereas previously the sector relied mostly on approximations from related areas of measurement (e.g. Balance of Payments statistics), tourism today possesses a range of instruments to track its productive activities and the activities of the consumers that drive them: visitors (both tourists and excursionists). An increasing number of countries have opened up and invested in tourism development, making tourism a key driver of socio-economic progress through export revenues, the creation of jobs and enterprises, and infrastructure development. As an internationally traded service, inbound tourism has become one of the world's major trade categories. For many developing countries it is one of the main sources of foreign exchange income and a major component of exports, creating much needed employment and development opportunities.

Limitations and Exceptions: Tourism can be either domestic or international. The data refers to international tourism, where the traveler's country of residence differs from the visiting country. International tourism consists of inbound (arrival) and outbound (departures) tourism. The data are from the World Tourism Organization (WTO), a United Nations agency. The data on inbound and outbound tourists refer to the number of arrivals and departures, not to the number of people traveling. Thus a person who makes several trips to a country during a given period is counted each time as a new arrival. The data on inbound tourism show the arrivals of nonresident tourists (overnight visitors) at national borders. When data on international tourists are unavailable or incomplete, the data show the arrivals of international visitors, which include tourists, same-day visitors, cruise passengers, and crew members. Sources and collection methods for arrivals differ across countries. In some cases data are from border statistics (police, immigration, and the like) and supplemented by border surveys. In other cases data are from tourism accommodation establishments. For some countries number of arrivals is limited to arrivals by air and for others to arrivals staying in hotels. Some countries include arrivals of nationals residing abroad while others do not. Caution should thus be used in comparing arrivals across countries.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Statistical information on tourism is based mainly on data on arrivals and overnight stays along with balance of payments information. These data do not completely capture the economic phenomenon of tourism or provide the information needed for effective public policies and efficient business operations. Data are needed on the scale and significance of tourism. Information on the role of tourism in national economies is particularly deficient. Although the World Tourism Organization reports progress in harmonizing definitions and measurement, differences in national practices still prevent full comparability. Arrivals data measure the flows of international visitors to the country of reference: each arrival corresponds to one in inbound tourism trip. If a person visits several countries during the course of a single trip, his/her arrival in each country is recorded separately. In an accounting period, arrivals are not necessarily equal to the number of persons travelling (when a person visits the same country several times a year, each trip by the same person is counted as a separate arrival). Arrivals data should correspond to inbound visitors by including both tourists and same-day non-resident visitors. All other types of travelers (such as border, seasonal and other short-term workers, long-term students and others) should be excluded as they do not qualify as visitors. Data are obtained from different sources: administrative records (immigration, traffic counts, and other possible types of controls), border surveys or a mix of them. If data are obtained from accommodation surveys, the number of guests is used as estimate of arrival figures; consequently, in this case, breakdowns by regions, main purpose of the trip, modes of transport used or forms of organization of the trip are based on complementary visitor surveys.

Aggregation method: Gap-filled total

Periodicity: Annual