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 143,035,000.00 2017
2 Germany 92,402,000.00 2017
3 Hong Kong SAR, China 91,304,000.00 2017
4 United States 87,703,000.00 2017
5 United Kingdom 74,189,000.00 2017
6 Poland 46,700,000.00 2017
7 Russia 39,629,000.00 2017
8 Canada 33,060,000.00 2017
9 Italy 31,805,000.00 2017
10 Malaysia 30,761,000.00 2004
11 France 29,055,000.00 2017
12 Korea 26,496,000.00 2017
13 Ukraine 26,437,000.00 2017
14 India 23,943,000.00 2017
15 Sweden 21,232,000.00 2017
16 Saudi Arabia 21,071,000.00 2017
17 Hungary 20,297,000.00 2017
18 Romania 19,953,000.00 2017
19 Mexico 19,067,000.00 2017
20 Netherlands 17,938,000.00 2016
21 Japan 17,889,000.00 2017
22 Spain 17,031,000.00 2017
23 Switzerland 15,318,000.00 2017
24 Argentina 12,258,000.00 2017
25 Belgium 12,153,000.00 2017
26 Austria 11,491,000.00 2017
27 Australia 10,932,000.00 2017
28 Iran 10,543,000.00 2017
29 Kazakhstan 10,230,000.00 2014
30 Singapore 9,889,000.00 2017
31 Brazil 9,458,000.00 2017
32 Finland 9,330,000.00 2017
33 Thailand 8,963,000.00 2017
34 Turkey 8,887,000.00 2017
35 Indonesia 8,856,000.00 2017
36 Ireland 8,171,000.00 2017
37 Norway 8,170,000.00 2017
38 Denmark 8,102,000.00 2017
39 Greece 7,685,000.00 2017
40 Israel 7,597,000.00 2017
41 Czech Republic 6,775,000.00 2017
42 Syrian Arab Republic 6,259,000.00 2010
43 Bulgaria 6,228,000.00 2017
44 Egypt 6,180,000.00 2014
45 Philippines 5,703,000.00 2016
46 Albania 5,186,000.00 2017
47 Algeria 5,058,000.00 2017
48 Bahrain 4,741,000.00 2015
49 Oman 4,473,000.00 2017
50 Kyrgyz Republic 4,446,000.00 2017
51 Azerbaijan 4,109,000.00 2017
52 Colombia 4,017,000.00 2017
53 Slovak Republic 3,870,000.00 2017
54 Georgia 3,851,000.00 2017
55 Chile 3,620,000.00 2017
56 Lao PDR 3,049,000.00 2017
57 Slovenia 3,013,000.00 2017
58 Peru 2,875,000.00 2017
59 New Zealand 2,853,000.00 2017
60 Zimbabwe 2,768,000.00 2017
61 Kuwait 2,649,000.00 2007
62 Portugal 2,195,000.00 2017
63 Latvia 2,055,000.00 2017
64 Lithuania 2,032,000.00 2017
65 Croatia 1,923,000.00 2017
66 El Salvador 1,871,000.00 2017
67 Morocco 1,849,000.00 2017
68 Tunisia 1,830,000.00 2016
69 Luxembourg 1,802,000.00 2017
70 Uruguay 1,789,000.00 2017
71 Cambodia 1,752,000.00 2017
72 Eswatini 1,751,000.00 2017
73 Jordan 1,592,000.00 2017
74 Paraguay 1,548,000.00 2017
75 Ecuador 1,547,000.00 2017
76 Armenia 1,482,000.00 2017
77 Bangladesh 1,460,000.00 2013
78 Sri Lanka 1,439,000.00 2017
79 Cyprus 1,407,000.00 2017
80 Macao SAR, China 1,391,000.00 2017
81 Guatemala 1,328,000.00 2017
82 Estonia 1,279,000.00 2017
83 Nepal 1,197,000.00 2017
84 Costa Rica 1,150,000.00 2017
85 Bolivia 1,105,000.00 2017
86 Venezuela 1,079,000.00 2017
87 Nicaragua 982,000.00 2017
88 Panama 917,000.00 2017
89 Cuba 894,000.00 2016
90 Puerto Rico 792,000.00 2017
91 Belarus 706,000.00 2017
92 Honduras 654,000.00 2016
93 Libya 650,000.00 1997
94 Iceland 619,000.00 2017
95 Malta 573,000.00 2017
96 Uganda 568,000.00 2016
97 Dominican Republic 522,000.00 2017
98 Dem. Rep. Congo 424,000.00 2016
99 The Gambia 307,000.00 2006
100 Mauritius 283,000.00 2017
101 Trinidad and Tobago 273,000.00 2010
102 Gabon 236,000.00 2003
103 Moldova 229,000.00 2017
104 Sudan 195,000.00 1995
105 Congo 180,000.00 2013
106 Fiji 169,000.00 2017
107 Tanzania 148,000.00 1996
108 New Caledonia 135,000.00 2017
109 Ethiopia 133,000.00 1996
110 Papua New Guinea 92,000.00 2002
110 Sierra Leone 92,000.00 2016
112 Seychelles 74,000.00 2017
113 Samoa 55,000.00 2017
114 Chad 52,000.00 2017
115 Madagascar 39,000.00 1995
116 Turkmenistan 38,000.00 2007
116 Central African Republic 38,000.00 2010
118 Burundi 35,000.00 2001
119 Tajikistan 31,000.00 2017
120 Vanuatu 28,000.00 2017
121 Niger 10,000.00 1998
122 Palau 9,000.00 1998
123 Angola 3,000.00 1996
124 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