International tourism, number of departures - Country Ranking

Definition: International outbound tourists are the number of departures that people make from their country of usual residence to any other country for any purpose other than a remunerated activity in the country visited. The data on outbound tourists refer to the number of departures, not to the number of people traveling. Thus a person who makes several trips from a country during a given period is counted each time as a new departure.

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

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Rank Country Value Year
1 China 98,185,000.00 2013
2 Hong Kong SAR, China 84,519,000.00 2014
3 Germany 83,008,000.00 2014
4 United States 68,303,000.00 2014
5 United Kingdom 60,082,000.00 2014
6 Poland 56,000,000.00 2014
7 Russia 45,889,000.00 2014
8 Canada 33,518,000.00 2014
9 Malaysia 30,761,000.00 2004
10 Italy 28,460,000.00 2014
11 France 28,180,000.00 2014
12 Ukraine 22,438,000.00 2014
13 Saudi Arabia 19,824,000.00 2014
14 India 18,330,000.00 2014
15 Mexico 18,261,000.00 2014
16 Netherlands 17,928,000.00 2014
17 Japan 16,903,000.00 2014
18 Hungary 16,340,000.00 2014
19 Korea 16,081,000.00 2014
20 Sweden 15,917,000.00 2013
21 Switzerland 12,403,000.00 2013
22 Romania 12,299,000.00 2014
23 Spain 11,783,000.00 2014
24 Austria 10,994,000.00 2014
25 Belgium 10,818,000.00 2013
26 Kazakhstan 10,230,000.00 2014
27 Australia 9,114,000.00 2014
28 Brazil 9,048,000.00 2014
29 Singapore 8,903,000.00 2014
30 Indonesia 8,770,000.00 2014
31 Finland 8,731,000.00 2014
32 Denmark 8,528,000.00 2014
33 Turkey 7,982,000.00 2014
34 Iran 7,698,000.00 2014
35 Ireland 6,676,000.00 2014
36 Argentina 6,517,000.00 2014
37 Thailand 6,444,000.00 2014
38 Syrian Arab Republic 6,259,000.00 2010
39 Egypt 6,180,000.00 2014
40 Greece 5,802,000.00 2014
41 Czech Republic 5,304,000.00 2013
42 Israel 5,181,000.00 2014
43 South Africa 5,168,000.00 2013
44 Azerbaijan 4,244,000.00 2014
45 Bulgaria 4,158,000.00 2014
46 Albania 4,146,000.00 2014
47 Colombia 3,911,000.00 2014
48 Norway 3,395,000.00 2007
49 Oman 3,358,000.00 2014
50 Lao PDR 3,320,000.00 2014
51 Philippines 3,188,000.00 2009
52 Chile 3,169,000.00 2014
53 Georgia 3,106,000.00 2014
54 Algeria 2,839,000.00 2014
55 Croatia 2,763,000.00 2014
56 Kuwait 2,649,000.00 2007
57 Slovenia 2,642,000.00 2014
58 Peru 2,442,000.00 2014
59 Uruguay 2,396,000.00 2014
60 Tunisia 2,303,000.00 2011
61 New Zealand 2,276,000.00 2014
62 Slovak Republic 2,129,000.00 2013
63 Morocco 1,850,000.00 2014
64 Lithuania 1,789,000.00 2014
65 Swaziland 1,657,000.00 2014
66 Uzbekistan 1,610,000.00 2010
67 Venezuela 1,589,000.00 2014
68 Macao SAR, China 1,537,000.00 2014
69 Luxembourg 1,516,000.00 2014
70 El Salvador 1,515,000.00 2014
71 Bangladesh 1,460,000.00 2013
72 Kyrgyz Republic 1,441,000.00 2014
73 Estonia 1,426,000.00 2014
74 Latvia 1,362,000.00 2014
75 Portugal 1,329,000.00 2013
76 Sri Lanka 1,311,000.00 2014
77 Ecuador 1,278,000.00 2014
78 Guatemala 1,274,000.00 2014
79 Jordan 1,230,000.00 2014
80 Cyprus 1,209,000.00 2014
81 Armenia 1,198,000.00 2014
82 Nepal 983,000.00 2013
83 Nicaragua 959,000.00 2014
84 Cambodia 956,000.00 2014
85 Bolivia 932,000.00 2014
86 Costa Rica 798,000.00 2014
87 Puerto Rico 793,000.00 2014
88 Zimbabwe 792,000.00 2014
89 Belarus 741,000.00 2014
90 Panama 706,000.00 2014
91 Libya 650,000.00 1997
92 Honduras 557,000.00 2014
93 Uganda 511,000.00 2014
94 Dominican Republic 507,000.00 2014
95 Paraguay 462,000.00 2014
96 Iceland 400,000.00 2014
97 Malta 391,000.00 2014
98 Antigua and Barbuda 369,000.00 1996
99 Cuba 355,000.00 2014
100 The Gambia 307,000.00 2006
101 Trinidad and Tobago 273,000.00 2010
102 Mauritius 257,000.00 2014
103 Gabon 236,000.00 2003
104 Sudan 195,000.00 1995
105 Moldova 180,000.00 2014
105 Congo 180,000.00 2013
107 Tanzania 148,000.00 1996
108 Ethiopia 133,000.00 1996
109 Fiji 132,000.00 2012
110 New Caledonia 124,000.00 2014
111 Chad 98,000.00 2014
112 Sierra Leone 93,000.00 2014
113 Papua New Guinea 92,000.00 2002
114 Seychelles 59,000.00 2014
115 Dem. Rep. Congo 50,000.00 1999
116 Samoa 42,000.00 2014
117 Madagascar 39,000.00 1995
118 Central African Republic 38,000.00 2010
118 Turkmenistan 38,000.00 2007
120 Burundi 35,000.00 2001
121 Vanuatu 26,000.00 2014
122 Tajikistan 19,000.00 2014
123 Niger 10,000.00 1998
124 Palau 9,000.00 1998
125 Angola 3,000.00 1996
126 Tuvalu 2,100.00 2011

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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.

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. Departures data measure the flows of resident visitors leaving the country of reference. Departures are not necessarily equal to the number of arrivals reported by international destinations for the country of reference. In many countries, the characteristics of trips and visitors are established through questions on the entry/departure cards, in surveys at the borders, at destination (accommodation surveys) or as part of household surveys (for domestic and outbound tourism). The entry/departure cards, or records of entry and departure, captured and reconciled by the immigration authorities are often the basic source for establishing the flows of inbound and outbound visitors. These cards usually collect information on a census basis on name, sex, age, nationality, current address, date of arrival (or departure in the departure card), purpose of trip, main destination visited and length of stay (expected on arrival and actual on departure for inbound visitors; expected on departure and actual on arrival for outbound visitors). Data is collected using one of three methods, or a combination of these to determine the flows of outbound visitors: using an entry/departure card; a specific survey at the border, or observing them from household surveys because they belong to resident households. In the latter case, the information on outbound trips is usually collected at the same time as that on domestic trips.

Aggregation method: Gap-filled total

Periodicity: Annual