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 84,452,000.00 2015
2 United States 77,510,000.00 2015
3 Spain 68,215,000.00 2015
4 China 56,886,000.00 2015
5 Italy 50,732,000.00 2015
6 Turkey 39,478,000.00 2015
7 Germany 35,555,000.00 2016
8 United Kingdom 34,436,000.00 2015
9 Russia 33,729,000.00 2015
10 Thailand 32,588,000.00 2016
11 Mexico 32,093,000.00 2015
12 Austria 26,719,000.00 2015
13 Hong Kong SAR, China 26,553,000.00 2016
14 Malaysia 25,721,000.00 2015
15 Greece 23,599,000.00 2015
16 Japan 19,737,000.00 2015
17 Saudi Arabia 17,994,000.00 2015
18 Canada 17,971,000.00 2015
19 Korea 17,242,000.00 2016
20 Poland 16,722,000.00 2015
21 Macao SAR, China 15,703,600.00 2016
22 Netherlands 15,007,000.00 2015
23 Ukraine 13,333,000.00 2016
24 India 13,284,000.00 2015
25 Croatia 12,683,000.00 2015
26 Singapore 12,051,000.00 2015
27 Bahrain 11,621,000.00 2015
28 Denmark 10,424,000.00 2015
29 Indonesia 10,407,000.00 2015
30 Morocco 10,177,000.00 2015
31 Vietnam 10,013,000.00 2016
32 Portugal 9,957,000.00 2015
33 Ireland 9,528,000.00 2015
34 Romania 9,331,000.00 2015
35 Switzerland 9,305,000.00 2015
36 Czech Republic 9,288,000.00 2016
37 Egypt 9,139,000.00 2015
38 South Africa 8,904,000.00 2015
39 Belgium 8,355,000.00 2015
40 Australia 7,444,000.00 2015
41 United Arab Emirates 7,126,000.00 2005
42 Bulgaria 7,099,000.00 2015
43 Sweden 6,482,000.00 2015
44 Georgia 6,351,000.00 2016
45 Brazil 6,306,000.00 2015
46 Philippines 5,967,000.00 2016
47 Dominican Republic 5,959,300.00 2016
48 Chile 5,641,000.00 2016
49 Argentina 5,559,000.00 2016
50 Norway 5,361,000.00 2015
51 Tunisia 5,359,000.00 2015
52 Iran 5,237,000.00 2015
53 Syrian Arab Republic 5,070,000.00 2011
54 Cambodia 5,012,000.00 2016
55 Hungary 4,929,000.00 2015
56 Myanmar 4,681,000.00 2015
57 Kazakhstan 4,560,000.00 2014
58 Albania 4,131,000.00 2015
59 Jordan 3,761,000.00 2015
60 Lao PDR 3,543,000.00 2015
61 Puerto Rico 3,542,000.00 2015
62 Cuba 3,491,000.00 2015
63 Peru 3,456,000.00 2015
64 Cyprus 3,187,000.00 2016
65 Kyrgyz Republic 3,051,000.00 2015
66 New Zealand 3,039,000.00 2015
67 Estonia 2,989,000.00 2015
68 Colombia 2,978,000.00 2015
69 Qatar 2,929,800.00 2015
70 Israel 2,799,000.00 2015
71 Uruguay 2,773,000.00 2015
72 Slovenia 2,707,000.00 2015
73 Andorra 2,670,000.00 2015
74 Costa Rica 2,660,000.00 2015
75 Finland 2,622,000.00 2015
76 Jamaica 2,182,000.00 2016
77 Panama 2,110,000.00 2015
78 Lithuania 2,071,000.00 2015
79 Zimbabwe 2,057,000.00 2015
80 Sri Lanka 2,051,000.00 2016
81 Latvia 2,024,000.00 2015
82 Uzbekistan 1,969,000.00 2013
83 Malta 1,966,000.00 2016
84 Azerbaijan 1,922,000.00 2015
85 Guatemala 1,917,000.00 2016
86 Oman 1,897,000.00 2015
87 Slovak Republic 1,721,000.00 2015
88 Algeria 1,710,000.00 2015
89 Montenegro 1,662,000.00 2016
90 Mozambique 1,552,000.00 2015
91 Ecuador 1,543,000.00 2015
92 Botswana 1,528,000.00 2015
93 Lebanon 1,518,000.00 2015
94 The Bahamas 1,484,000.00 2015
95 Côte d'Ivoire 1,441,000.00 2015
96 El Salvador 1,402,000.00 2015
97 Namibia 1,388,000.00 2015
98 Nicaragua 1,386,000.00 2015
99 Uganda 1,303,000.00 2015
100 Iceland 1,289,000.00 2015
101 Mauritius 1,275,000.00 2016
102 Nigeria 1,255,000.00 2015
103 Paraguay 1,214,000.00 2015
104 Armenia 1,192,000.00 2015
105 Serbia 1,132,000.00 2015
106 Kenya 1,114,000.00 2015
107 Tanzania 1,104,000.00 2015
108 Luxembourg 1,090,000.00 2015
109 Lesotho 1,082,000.00 2015
110 Senegal 1,006,600.00 2015
111 Rwanda 987,000.00 2015
112 Pakistan 966,000.00 2012
113 Zambia 932,000.00 2015
114 Ghana 897,000.00 2015
115 Iraq 892,000.00 2013
116 Bolivia 882,000.00 2015
117 Honduras 880,000.00 2015
118 Swaziland 873,000.00 2015
119 Ethiopia 864,000.00 2015
120 Cameroon 822,000.00 2014
121 Malawi 805,000.00 2015
122 Fiji 792,000.00 2016
123 Venezuela 789,000.00 2015
124 Bosnia and Herzegovina 777,000.00 2016
125 Sudan 741,000.00 2015
126 Barbados 592,000.00 2015
126 Angola 592,000.00 2015
128 Nepal 539,000.00 2015
129 Cabo Verde 520,000.00 2015
130 Haiti 516,000.00 2015
131 Macedonia 510,000.00 2016
132 Tajikistan 414,000.00 2015
133 Trinidad and Tobago 409,000.00 2016
134 Mongolia 404,000.00 2016
135 Belize 386,000.00 2016
136 Cayman Islands 385,000.00 2016
137 Yemen 366,700.00 2015
138 St. Lucia 345,000.00 2015
139 Monaco 331,000.00 2015
140 Kuwait 307,000.00 2013
141 Seychelles 303,000.00 2016
142 Madagascar 293,000.00 2016
143 Togo 273,000.00 2015
144 Gabon 269,000.00 2005
145 Antigua and Barbuda 265,000.00 2016
146 Congo 263,000.00 2015
147 Benin 255,000.00 2015
148 Suriname 228,000.00 2015
149 Brunei 218,000.00 2015
150 Guyana 207,000.00 2015
151 Dem. Rep. Congo 191,000.00 2013
152 Papua New Guinea 184,000.00 2015
153 Burkina Faso 163,000.00 2015
154 Palau 162,000.00 2015
155 Mali 159,300.00 2015
156 Bhutan 155,000.00 2015
157 Grenada 140,700.00 2015
158 The Gambia 135,000.00 2015
158 Niger 135,000.00 2015
160 Burundi 131,000.00 2015
161 Samoa 128,000.00 2015
162 Bangladesh 125,000.00 2014
163 St. Kitts and Nevis 122,000.00 2015
164 Central African Republic 120,500.00 2015
165 Chad 119,800.00 2015
166 New Caledonia 116,000.00 2016
167 Eritrea 107,000.00 2011
168 Belarus 102,000.00 2015
169 Moldova 94,400.00 2015
170 Vanuatu 90,000.00 2015
171 Dominica 75,000.00 2015
171 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 75,000.00 2015
173 Djibouti 63,000.00 2013
174 Timor-Leste 62,000.00 2015
175 San Marino 54,000.00 2015
176 Tonga 53,800.00 2015
177 Liechtenstein 48,600.00 2015
178 Guinea-Bissau 43,800.00 2015
179 Guinea 35,000.00 2015
180 Libya 34,000.00 2008
181 Mauritania 30,000.00 2000
182 Sierra Leone 24,000.00 2015
183 Comoros 23,600.00 2015
184 Solomon Islands 21,600.00 2015
185 São Tomé and Principe 12,200.00 2011
186 Turkmenistan 8,200.00 2007
187 Kiribati 4,400.00 2015
188 Tuvalu 2,400.00 2015

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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