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 86,861,000.00 2017
2 Spain 81,786,000.00 2017
3 United States 76,941,000.00 2017
4 China 60,740,000.00 2017
5 Italy 58,253,000.00 2017
6 Mexico 39,291,000.00 2017
7 United Kingdom 37,651,000.00 2017
8 Turkey 37,601,000.00 2017
9 Germany 37,452,000.00 2017
10 Thailand 35,592,000.00 2017
11 Austria 29,460,000.00 2017
12 Japan 28,691,000.00 2017
13 Hong Kong SAR, China 27,884,000.00 2017
14 Greece 27,194,000.00 2017
15 Malaysia 25,948,000.00 2017
16 Russia 24,390,000.00 2017
17 Canada 20,798,000.00 2017
18 Poland 18,258,000.00 2017
19 Netherlands 17,924,000.00 2017
20 Macao SAR, China 17,255,000.00 2017
21 Saudi Arabia 16,109,000.00 2017
22 Croatia 15,593,000.00 2017
23 India 15,543,000.00 2017
24 Portugal 15,432,000.00 2017
25 Ukraine 14,230,000.00 2017
26 Indonesia 14,040,000.00 2017
27 Singapore 13,903,000.00 2017
28 Korea 13,336,000.00 2017
29 Vietnam 12,922,000.00 2017
30 Denmark 11,743,000.00 2017
31 Bahrain 11,370,000.00 2017
32 Morocco 11,349,000.00 2017
33 Belarus 11,060,200.00 2017
34 Romania 10,926,000.00 2017
35 Ireland 10,338,000.00 2017
36 South Africa 10,285,000.00 2017
37 Czech Republic 10,160,000.00 2017
38 Switzerland 9,889,000.00 2017
39 Bulgaria 8,883,000.00 2017
40 Australia 8,815,000.00 2017
41 Belgium 8,385,000.00 2017
42 Egypt 8,157,000.00 2017
43 Kazakhstan 7,701,000.00 2017
44 United Arab Emirates 7,126,000.00 2005
45 Sweden 7,054,000.00 2017
46 Tunisia 7,052,000.00 2017
47 Argentina 6,720,000.00 2017
48 Philippines 6,621,000.00 2017
49 Brazil 6,589,000.00 2017
50 Georgia 6,483,000.00 2017
51 Chile 6,450,000.00 2017
52 Norway 6,252,000.00 2017
53 Dominican Republic 6,188,000.00 2017
54 Hungary 5,650,000.00 2017
55 Cambodia 5,602,000.00 2017
56 Syrian Arab Republic 5,070,000.00 2011
57 Iran 4,867,000.00 2017
58 Albania 4,643,000.00 2017
59 Cuba 4,594,000.00 2017
60 Kyrgyz Republic 4,568,000.00 2017
61 Colombia 4,113,000.00 2017
62 Peru 4,032,000.00 2017
63 Jordan 3,843,500.00 2017
64 Puerto Rico 3,797,000.00 2017
65 Uruguay 3,674,000.00 2017
66 Cyprus 3,652,000.00 2017
67 Israel 3,613,000.00 2017
68 Slovenia 3,586,000.00 2017
69 New Zealand 3,555,000.00 2017
70 Myanmar 3,443,000.00 2017
71 Lao PDR 3,257,000.00 2017
72 Estonia 3,245,000.00 2017
73 Finland 3,180,000.00 2017
74 Costa Rica 2,960,000.00 2017
75 Andorra 2,831,000.00 2016
76 Uzbekistan 2,690,000.00 2017
77 Lithuania 2,523,000.00 2017
78 Azerbaijan 2,454,000.00 2017
79 Algeria 2,451,000.00 2017
80 Zimbabwe 2,423,000.00 2017
81 Oman 2,372,000.00 2017
82 Jamaica 2,353,000.00 2017
83 Malta 2,274,000.00 2017
84 Qatar 2,256,500.00 2017
85 Iceland 2,225,000.00 2017
86 Slovak Republic 2,162,000.00 2017
87 Sri Lanka 2,116,400.00 2017
88 Guatemala 2,113,000.00 2017
89 Latvia 1,949,000.00 2017
90 Nigeria 1,889,000.00 2016
91 Montenegro 1,877,000.00 2017
92 Lebanon 1,857,000.00 2017
93 Panama 1,843,000.00 2017
94 Côte d'Ivoire 1,800,000.00 2017
95 Nicaragua 1,787,000.00 2017
96 Ecuador 1,608,000.00 2017
97 Paraguay 1,584,000.00 2017
98 Botswana 1,574,000.00 2016
99 El Salvador 1,556,000.00 2017
100 Namibia 1,499,000.00 2017
101 Serbia 1,497,000.00 2017
102 Armenia 1,495,000.00 2017
103 Mozambique 1,447,000.00 2017
104 The Bahamas 1,439,000.00 2017
105 Uganda 1,402,000.00 2017
106 Senegal 1,365,000.00 2017
107 Kenya 1,364,000.00 2017
108 Mauritius 1,342,000.00 2017
109 Tanzania 1,275,000.00 2017
110 Lesotho 1,137,000.00 2017
111 Bolivia 1,134,000.00 2017
112 Zambia 1,083,000.00 2017
113 Luxembourg 1,046,000.00 2017
114 Cameroon 994,000.00 2016
115 Pakistan 966,000.00 2012
116 Nepal 940,000.00 2017
117 Ethiopia 933,000.00 2017
118 Rwanda 932,000.00 2016
119 Bosnia and Herzegovina 923,000.00 2017
120 Eswatini 921,000.00 2017
121 Ghana 897,000.00 2015
122 Iraq 892,000.00 2013
123 Honduras 851,000.00 2017
124 Fiji 843,000.00 2017
125 Malawi 837,000.00 2017
126 Sudan 813,000.00 2017
127 Cabo Verde 668,000.00 2017
128 Barbados 664,000.00 2017
129 North Macedonia 631,000.00 2017
130 Togo 496,000.00 2017
131 Mongolia 469,000.00 2017
132 Haiti 467,000.00 2017
133 Tajikistan 431,000.00 2017
134 Belize 427,000.00 2017
134 Venezuela 427,000.00 2017
136 Cayman Islands 418,000.00 2017
137 Trinidad and Tobago 395,000.00 2017
138 St. Lucia 386,000.00 2017
139 Yemen 366,700.00 2015
140 Monaco 355,000.00 2017
141 Dem. Rep. Congo 351,000.00 2016
142 Seychelles 350,000.00 2017
143 Kuwait 307,000.00 2013
144 Burundi 299,000.00 2017
145 Benin 281,000.00 2017
146 Suriname 278,000.00 2017
147 Gabon 269,000.00 2005
148 Angola 261,000.00 2017
149 Brunei 259,000.00 2017
150 Bhutan 255,000.00 2017
150 Madagascar 255,000.00 2017
152 Guyana 247,000.00 2017
152 Antigua and Barbuda 247,000.00 2017
154 Congo 206,000.00 2017
155 Mali 193,300.00 2017
156 Papua New Guinea 179,000.00 2016
157 Grenada 168,000.00 2017
158 Niger 164,000.00 2017
159 The Gambia 162,000.00 2017
160 Samoa 146,000.00 2017
161 Moldova 145,000.00 2017
162 Burkina Faso 143,000.00 2017
163 Eritrea 142,000.00 2016
164 Bangladesh 125,000.00 2014
165 Palau 123,000.00 2017
166 St. Kitts and Nevis 122,000.00 2015
167 New Caledonia 121,000.00 2017
168 Central African Republic 120,500.00 2015
169 Vanuatu 109,000.00 2017
170 Chad 87,000.00 2017
171 San Marino 78,000.00 2017
172 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 76,000.00 2017
173 Timor-Leste 74,000.00 2017
174 Dominica 72,000.00 2017
175 Liechtenstein 69,000.00 2017
176 Djibouti 63,000.00 2013
177 Tonga 62,500.00 2017
178 Guinea 60,000.00 2016
179 Sierra Leone 55,000.00 2016
180 Guinea-Bissau 43,800.00 2015
181 Libya 34,000.00 2008
182 Mauritania 30,000.00 2000
183 São Tomé and Principe 29,000.00 2016
184 Comoros 28,000.00 2017
185 Solomon Islands 25,700.00 2017
186 Turkmenistan 8,200.00 2007
187 Kiribati 5,800.00 2017
188 Tuvalu 2,500.00 2017

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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