International tourism, receipts (current US$) - Country Ranking

Definition: International tourism receipts are expenditures by international inbound visitors, including payments to national carriers for international transport. These receipts include any other prepayment made for goods or services received in the destination country. They also may include receipts from same-day visitors, except when these are important enough to justify separate classification. For some countries they do not include receipts for passenger transport items. Data are in current U.S. dollars.

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

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Rank Country Value Year
1 United States 251,361,000,000.00 2017
2 France 69,894,000,000.00 2017
3 Spain 68,437,000,000.00 2017
4 Thailand 62,158,000,000.00 2017
5 Germany 56,173,000,000.00 2017
6 United Kingdom 51,474,000,000.00 2017
7 Italy 44,548,000,000.00 2017
8 Australia 43,982,000,000.00 2017
9 Hong Kong SAR, China 38,039,000,000.00 2017
10 Japan 36,979,000,000.00 2017
11 Macao SAR, China 35,726,000,000.00 2017
12 China 32,617,000,000.00 2017
13 Turkey 31,870,000,000.00 2017
14 India 27,878,000,000.00 2017
15 Mexico 22,467,000,000.00 2017
16 Austria 22,408,000,000.00 2017
17 Portugal 21,099,000,000.00 2017
18 United Arab Emirates 21,048,000,000.00 2017
19 Canada 20,404,000,000.00 2017
20 Netherlands 20,352,000,000.00 2017
21 Switzerland 20,134,000,000.00 2017
22 Singapore 19,707,000,000.00 2017
23 Greece 18,820,000,000.00 2017
24 Malaysia 18,352,000,000.00 2017
25 Korea 16,999,000,000.00 2017
26 Qatar 15,757,000,000.00 2017
27 Russia 14,983,000,000.00 2017
28 Saudi Arabia 14,848,000,000.00 2017
29 Ireland 14,283,000,000.00 2017
30 Sweden 14,205,000,000.00 2017
31 Indonesia 14,117,000,000.00 2017
32 Poland 14,083,000,000.00 2017
33 Belgium 13,750,000,000.00 2017
34 Croatia 11,128,000,000.00 2017
35 New Zealand 10,583,000,000.00 2017
36 South Africa 9,699,000,000.00 2017
37 Morocco 9,086,000,000.00 2017
38 Vietnam 8,890,000,000.00 2017
39 Egypt 8,636,000,000.00 2017
40 Hungary 8,453,000,000.00 2017
41 Philippines 8,349,000,000.00 2017
42 Lebanon 8,087,000,000.00 2017
43 Denmark 7,969,000,000.00 2017
44 Czech Republic 7,693,000,000.00 2017
45 Israel 7,572,000,000.00 2017
46 Dominican Republic 7,178,000,000.00 2017
47 Panama 6,865,000,000.00 2017
48 Norway 6,515,000,000.00 2017
49 Brazil 6,175,000,000.00 2017
50 Colombia 5,801,000,000.00 2017
51 Jordan 5,549,000,000.00 2017
52 Argentina 5,514,000,000.00 2017
53 Finland 5,204,000,000.00 2017
54 Sri Lanka 5,083,000,000.00 2017
55 Luxembourg 4,980,000,000.00 2017
56 Bulgaria 4,678,000,000.00 2017
57 Chile 4,604,000,000.00 2017
58 Peru 4,573,000,000.00 2017
59 Puerto Rico 4,090,000,000.00 2017
60 Cambodia 4,023,000,000.00 2017
61 Iran 3,914,000,000.00 2016
62 Bahrain 3,836,000,000.00 2017
63 Costa Rica 3,827,000,000.00 2017
64 Cuba 3,302,000,000.00 2017
65 Azerbaijan 3,214,000,000.00 2017
66 Cyprus 3,128,000,000.00 2017
67 Iceland 3,024,000,000.00 2017
68 Romania 2,999,000,000.00 2017
69 Slovak Republic 2,995,000,000.00 2017
70 Georgia 2,971,000,000.00 2017
71 Slovenia 2,952,000,000.00 2017
72 Jamaica 2,809,000,000.00 2017
73 Oman 2,791,000,000.00 2017
74 Uruguay 2,666,000,000.00 2017
75 Nigeria 2,611,000,000.00 2017
76 The Bahamas 2,598,000,000.00 2017
77 Ethiopia 2,503,000,000.00 2017
78 Iraq 2,479,000,000.00 2016
79 Tanzania 2,284,000,000.00 2017
80 Myanmar 2,279,000,000.00 2017
81 Estonia 2,144,000,000.00 2017
82 Albania 2,049,000,000.00 2017
83 Mauritius 2,005,000,000.00 2017
84 Ukraine 1,999,000,000.00 2017
85 Kazakhstan 1,990,000,000.00 2017
86 Syrian Arab Republic 1,816,000,000.00 2011
87 Tunisia 1,782,000,000.00 2017
88 Malta 1,746,000,000.00 2017
89 Serbia 1,705,000,000.00 2017
90 Ecuador 1,663,000,000.00 2017
91 Lithuania 1,587,000,000.00 2017
92 Guatemala 1,566,000,000.00 2017
93 Kenya 1,564,000,000.00 2017
94 El Salvador 1,227,000,000.00 2017
95 Fiji 1,188,000,000.00 2017
96 Armenia 1,140,000,000.00 2017
97 Belarus 1,134,000,000.00 2017
98 Montenegro 1,109,000,000.00 2017
99 Latvia 1,082,000,000.00 2017
100 Barbados 1,064,000,000.00 2017
101 Sudan 1,029,000,000.00 2017
102 Uganda 940,000,000.00 2017
103 Ghana 919,000,000.00 2017
103 Bolivia 919,000,000.00 2017
105 Bosnia and Herzegovina 894,000,000.00 2017
106 Angola 884,000,000.00 2017
107 Pakistan 875,000,000.00 2017
108 Madagascar 849,000,000.00 2017
109 Nicaragua 841,000,000.00 2017
110 St. Lucia 801,000,000.00 2017
111 Antigua and Barbuda 774,000,000.00 2017
112 Lao PDR 768,000,000.00 2017
113 Trinidad and Tobago 739,000,000.00 2017
114 Honduras 722,000,000.00 2017
115 Nepal 712,000,000.00 2017
116 Botswana 704,600,000.00 2017
117 Cayman Islands 657,000,000.00 2016
118 Zambia 653,000,000.00 2017
119 Kuwait 643,000,000.00 2017
120 Rwanda 616,000,000.00 2017
121 Seychelles 585,000,000.00 2017
122 Venezuela 546,000,000.00 2016
123 Cameroon 543,000,000.00 2017
124 Grenada 499,000,000.00 2017
125 Senegal 481,000,000.00 2014
126 Kyrgyz Republic 480,000,000.00 2017
127 Côte d'Ivoire 477,000,000.00 2016
128 Cabo Verde 462,000,000.00 2017
128 Mongolia 462,000,000.00 2017
130 Haiti 460,000,000.00 2017
131 Moldova 439,000,000.00 2017
132 Belize 427,000,000.00 2017
133 Paraguay 399,000,000.00 2017
134 Namibia 393,000,000.00 2017
135 St. Kitts and Nevis 354,000,000.00 2017
136 Bangladesh 344,000,000.00 2017
137 North Macedonia 331,000,000.00 2017
138 Vanuatu 254,000,000.00 2015
139 New Caledonia 248,000,000.00 2016
140 Togo 223,000,000.00 2016
141 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 217,400,000.00 2017
142 Mali 186,000,000.00 2015
143 Dominica 182,000,000.00 2017
144 Brunei 177,000,000.00 2017
145 Algeria 172,000,000.00 2017
145 Burkina Faso 172,000,000.00 2016
147 Tajikistan 171,600,000.00 2017
148 Libya 170,000,000.00 2010
149 Samoa 169,000,000.00 2017
150 Mozambique 164,000,000.00 2017
151 Zimbabwe 158,000,000.00 2017
152 Palau 148,000,000.00 2016
153 Benin 129,000,000.00 2016
154 Liberia 123,000,000.00 2009
155 Uzbekistan 121,000,000.00 2010
156 The Gambia 116,000,000.00 2017
156 Yemen 116,000,000.00 2016
158 Bhutan 105,000,000.00 2017
159 Guyana 104,000,000.00 2016
160 Niger 84,000,000.00 2016
161 Solomon Islands 79,000,000.00 2017
162 Timor-Leste 73,000,000.00 2017
163 São Tomé and Principe 65,900,000.00 2017
164 Suriname 61,000,000.00 2017
165 Tonga 48,500,000.00 2017
166 Eritrea 48,000,000.00 2016
167 Turkmenistan 46,000,000.00 1997
168 Congo 42,900,000.00 2016
169 Sierra Leone 41,000,000.00 2016
170 Gabon 39,500,000.00 2012
171 Comoros 39,300,000.00 2012
172 Djibouti 35,100,000.00 2017
173 Malawi 35,000,000.00 2017
174 Chad 25,000,000.00 2002
175 Mauritania 24,000,000.00 2017
176 Lesotho 23,000,000.00 2017
177 Afghanistan 19,000,000.00 2017
178 Guinea 16,600,000.00 2017
179 Central African Republic 15,600,000.00 2013
180 Papua New Guinea 15,300,000.00 2017
181 Equatorial Guinea 14,000,000.00 2001
182 Eswatini 13,200,000.00 2017
183 Guinea-Bissau 11,500,000.00 2016
184 Dem. Rep. Congo 6,000,000.00 2017
185 Kiribati 3,400,000.00 2016
186 Burundi 3,000,000.00 2017
187 Tuvalu 2,400,000.00 2013

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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. Expenditure associated with the activity of international visitors has been traditionally identified with the travel item of the Balance of Payments (BOP): in the case of inbound tourism, those expenditures associated with inbound visitors are registered as "credits" in the BOP and refers to "travel receipts". The 2008 International Recommendations for Tourism Statistics consider that "tourism industries and products" includes transport of passengers. Consequently, a better estimate of tourism-related expenditure by inbound and outbound visitors in an international scenario would be, in terms of the BOP, the value of the travel item plus that of the passenger transport item. Nevertheless, users should be aware that BOP estimates include, in addition to expenditures associated to visitors, those related to other types of travelers (these might be substantial in some countries; for instance, long-term students or patients, border and seasonal workers, etc.). Also data on expenditure by main purpose of the trip are BOP data.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Inbound tourism expenditures may include receipts from same-day visitors, except when these are important enough to justify separate classification. For some countries they do not include receipts for passenger transport items. Their share in exports is calculated as a ratio to exports of goods and services (all transactions between residents of a country and the rest of the world involving a change of ownership from residents to nonresidents of general merchandise, goods sent for processing and repairs, nonmonetary gold, and services). 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 (WTO) reports progress in harmonizing definitions and measurement, differences in national practices still prevent full comparability. The World Tourism Organization is improving its coverage of tourism expenditure data, using balance of payments data from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) supplemented by data from individual countries. These data include travel and passenger transport items as defined in the IMF's Balance of Payments. When the IMF does not report data on passenger transport items, expenditure data for travel items are shown. The aggregates are calculated using the World Bank's weighted aggregation methodology and differ from the World Tourism Organization's aggregates.

Aggregation method: Gap-filled total

Periodicity: Annual