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 116,886,000.00 2015
2 Hong Kong SAR, China 91,758,000.00 2016
3 Germany 83,737,000.00 2015
4 United States 73,453,000.00 2015
5 United Kingdom 65,720,000.00 2015
6 Poland 44,300,000.00 2015
7 Russia 34,550,000.00 2015
8 Canada 32,267,000.00 2015
9 Malaysia 30,761,000.00 2004
10 Italy 29,040,000.00 2015
11 France 26,648,000.00 2015
12 Ukraine 24,668,000.00 2016
13 Korea 22,383,000.00 2016
14 Saudi Arabia 20,819,000.00 2015
15 India 20,376,000.00 2015
16 Mexico 19,603,000.00 2015
17 Netherlands 18,070,000.00 2015
18 Hungary 17,276,000.00 2015
19 Japan 16,214,000.00 2015
20 Sweden 15,917,000.00 2013
21 Spain 14,407,000.00 2015
22 Switzerland 13,601,000.00 2015
23 Romania 13,118,000.00 2015
24 Belgium 10,835,000.00 2015
25 Austria 10,628,000.00 2015
26 Argentina 10,297,000.00 2016
27 Kazakhstan 10,230,000.00 2014
28 Brazil 9,469,000.00 2015
29 Australia 9,459,000.00 2015
30 Singapore 9,125,000.00 2015
31 Denmark 8,991,000.00 2015
32 Finland 8,904,000.00 2015
33 Turkey 8,751,000.00 2015
34 Indonesia 8,176,000.00 2015
35 Ireland 7,094,000.00 2015
36 Thailand 6,794,000.00 2015
37 Iran 6,620,000.00 2015
38 Greece 6,291,000.00 2015
39 Syrian Arab Republic 6,259,000.00 2010
40 Egypt 6,180,000.00 2014
41 Israel 5,891,000.00 2015
42 Czech Republic 5,856,000.00 2015
43 Bulgaria 4,632,000.00 2015
44 Albania 4,504,000.00 2015
45 Azerbaijan 4,096,000.00 2015
46 Colombia 3,860,000.00 2015
47 Oman 3,838,000.00 2015
48 Algeria 3,638,000.00 2015
49 Norway 3,395,000.00 2007
50 Chile 3,359,000.00 2015
51 Philippines 3,188,000.00 2009
52 Georgia 3,135,000.00 2015
53 Lao PDR 3,067,000.00 2015
54 Slovenia 2,867,000.00 2015
55 Slovak Republic 2,777,000.00 2015
56 Kuwait 2,649,000.00 2007
57 Tunisia 2,637,000.00 2014
58 Peru 2,595,000.00 2015
59 Croatia 2,578,000.00 2015
60 New Zealand 2,412,000.00 2015
61 Uruguay 2,217,000.00 2015
62 Morocco 1,910,000.00 2015
63 Lithuania 1,860,000.00 2015
64 Swaziland 1,747,000.00 2016
65 Latvia 1,720,000.00 2015
65 Kyrgyz Republic 1,720,000.00 2015
67 Luxembourg 1,702,000.00 2015
68 El Salvador 1,618,000.00 2015
69 Uzbekistan 1,610,000.00 2010
70 Venezuela 1,539,000.00 2015
71 Bangladesh 1,460,000.00 2013
71 Portugal 1,460,000.00 2014
73 Cambodia 1,434,000.00 2016
74 Ecuador 1,398,000.00 2015
75 Sri Lanka 1,356,000.00 2015
76 Cyprus 1,268,000.00 2016
77 Macao SAR, China 1,256,000.00 2016
78 Estonia 1,250,000.00 2015
79 Jordan 1,230,000.00 2014
80 Guatemala 1,204,000.00 2016
81 Armenia 1,187,000.00 2015
82 Paraguay 1,008,000.00 2015
83 Nepal 983,000.00 2013
84 Bolivia 965,000.00 2015
85 Nicaragua 925,000.00 2015
86 Costa Rica 919,000.00 2015
87 Zimbabwe 824,000.00 2015
88 Puerto Rico 746,000.00 2015
89 Panama 740,000.00 2015
90 Honduras 692,000.00 2015
91 Belarus 671,000.00 2015
92 Libya 650,000.00 1997
93 Cuba 580,000.00 2015
94 Iceland 536,000.00 2016
95 Uganda 523,000.00 2015
96 Dominican Republic 500,000.00 2016
97 Malta 428,000.00 2015
98 Antigua and Barbuda 369,000.00 1996
99 The Gambia 307,000.00 2006
100 Trinidad and Tobago 273,000.00 2010
101 Mauritius 254,000.00 2015
102 Gabon 236,000.00 2003
103 Sudan 195,000.00 1995
104 Moldova 185,700.00 2015
105 Congo 180,000.00 2013
106 Tanzania 148,000.00 1996
107 Ethiopia 133,000.00 1996
108 Fiji 132,000.00 2012
109 New Caledonia 127,000.00 2015
110 Chad 94,000.00 2015
111 Papua New Guinea 92,000.00 2002
112 Sierra Leone 61,000.00 2015
113 Seychelles 56,000.00 2015
114 Samoa 54,000.00 2015
115 Dem. Rep. Congo 50,000.00 1999
116 Madagascar 39,000.00 1995
117 Central African Republic 38,000.00 2010
117 Turkmenistan 38,000.00 2007
119 Burundi 35,000.00 2001
120 Vanuatu 27,000.00 2015
121 Tajikistan 16,000.00 2015
122 Niger 10,000.00 1998
123 Palau 9,000.00 1998
124 Angola 3,000.00 1996
125 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