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 246,229,000,000.00 2015
2 China 114,109,000,000.00 2015
3 United Kingdom 60,744,000,000.00 2015
4 Spain 56,426,000,000.00 2015
5 France 54,003,000,000.00 2015
6 Thailand 48,527,000,000.00 2015
7 Germany 47,393,000,000.00 2015
8 Hong Kong SAR, China 42,601,000,000.00 2015
9 Italy 39,420,000,000.00 2015
10 Turkey 35,413,000,000.00 2015
11 Macao SAR, China 31,997,000,000.00 2015
12 Australia 31,283,000,000.00 2015
13 Japan 27,285,000,000.00 2015
14 India 21,472,000,000.00 2015
15 Switzerland 19,588,000,000.00 2015
16 Netherlands 19,320,000,000.00 2015
17 Korea 19,126,000,000.00 2015
18 Mexico 18,729,000,000.00 2015
19 Austria 18,273,000,000.00 2015
20 Malaysia 17,614,000,000.00 2015
21 Greece 17,260,000,000.00 2015
22 Singapore 16,743,000,000.00 2015
23 Canada 16,203,000,000.00 2015
24 Portugal 15,819,000,000.00 2015
25 United Arab Emirates 13,969,000,000.00 2014
26 Russia 13,249,000,000.00 2015
27 Belgium 13,084,000,000.00 2015
28 Qatar 12,131,000,000.00 2015
29 Indonesia 12,054,000,000.00 2015
30 Poland 11,354,000,000.00 2015
31 Sweden 11,307,000,000.00 2015
32 Saudi Arabia 11,183,000,000.00 2015
33 Ireland 10,802,000,000.00 2015
34 New Zealand 9,140,000,000.00 2015
34 South Africa 9,140,000,000.00 2015
36 Croatia 9,018,000,000.00 2015
37 Morocco 7,765,000,000.00 2015
38 Vietnam 7,350,000,000.00 2015
39 Lebanon 7,087,000,000.00 2015
40 Hungary 6,944,000,000.00 2015
41 Egypt 6,897,000,000.00 2015
42 Czech Republic 6,758,000,000.00 2015
43 Denmark 6,685,000,000.00 2015
44 Philippines 6,418,000,000.00 2015
45 Norway 6,385,000,000.00 2015
46 Brazil 6,254,000,000.00 2015
47 Dominican Republic 6,118,000,000.00 2015
48 Israel 6,061,000,000.00 2015
49 Panama 5,947,000,000.00 2015
50 Colombia 5,251,000,000.00 2015
51 Argentina 5,011,000,000.00 2015
52 Jordan 4,997,000,000.00 2015
53 Luxembourg 4,875,000,000.00 2015
54 Peru 4,151,000,000.00 2015
55 Iraq 4,076,000,000.00 2015
56 Sri Lanka 3,978,000,000.00 2015
57 Puerto Rico 3,825,000,000.00 2015
58 Iran 3,676,000,000.00 2014
59 Bulgaria 3,583,000,000.00 2015
60 Cambodia 3,411,000,000.00 2015
61 Costa Rica 3,396,000,000.00 2015
62 Chile 3,229,000,000.00 2015
63 Cuba 2,819,000,000.00 2015
64 Slovenia 2,697,000,000.00 2015
65 Finland 2,560,000,000.00 2015
66 Azerbaijan 2,535,000,000.00 2015
67 Cyprus 2,489,000,000.00 2015
68 Slovak Republic 2,411,000,000.00 2015
69 Jamaica 2,401,000,000.00 2015
70 The Bahamas 2,396,000,000.00 2015
71 Myanmar 2,266,000,000.00 2015
72 Tanzania 2,253,000,000.00 2015
73 Oman 2,247,000,000.00 2015
74 Georgia 2,117,000,000.00 2015
75 Romania 2,097,000,000.00 2015
76 Ethiopia 1,980,000,000.00 2012
77 Bahrain 1,915,000,000.00 2014
78 Uruguay 1,880,000,000.00 2015
79 Tunisia 1,869,000,000.00 2015
80 Kenya 1,833,000,000.00 2014
81 Estonia 1,818,000,000.00 2015
82 Syrian Arab Republic 1,816,000,000.00 2011
83 Kazakhstan 1,734,000,000.00 2015
84 Mauritius 1,679,000,000.00 2015
85 Ukraine 1,656,000,000.00 2015
86 Iceland 1,618,000,000.00 2015
87 Albania 1,614,000,000.00 2015
88 Guatemala 1,580,000,000.00 2015
89 Ecuador 1,557,000,000.00 2015
90 Malta 1,367,000,000.00 2015
91 Serbia 1,322,000,000.00 2015
92 Lithuania 1,310,000,000.00 2015
93 El Salvador 1,203,000,000.00 2015
94 Uganda 1,171,000,000.00 2015
94 Angola 1,171,000,000.00 2015
96 Latvia 1,133,000,000.00 2015
97 Fiji 1,037,000,000.00 2015
98 Belarus 1,016,000,000.00 2015
99 Barbados 992,000,000.00 2013
100 Armenia 956,000,000.00 2015
101 Botswana 950,000,000.00 2015
102 Sudan 949,000,000.00 2015
103 Montenegro 947,000,000.00 2015
104 Kuwait 931,000,000.00 2015
105 Ghana 911,000,000.00 2015
106 Pakistan 906,000,000.00 2015
107 Bolivia 804,000,000.00 2015
108 Bosnia and Herzegovina 702,000,000.00 2015
109 Lao PDR 680,000,000.00 2015
110 Zambia 660,000,000.00 2015
111 Venezuela 654,000,000.00 2015
112 Honduras 653,000,000.00 2015
113 Cayman Islands 651,000,000.00 2015
114 Trinidad and Tobago 650,000,000.00 2011
115 Haiti 609,000,000.00 2015
116 Madagascar 578,000,000.00 2013
117 Nicaragua 529,000,000.00 2015
118 Nepal 509,000,000.00 2015
119 Seychelles 483,000,000.00 2015
120 Kyrgyz Republic 481,000,000.00 2015
120 Senegal 481,000,000.00 2014
122 Cameroon 476,000,000.00 2015
123 Namibia 472,000,000.00 2015
124 Nigeria 470,000,000.00 2015
125 Rwanda 407,000,000.00 2015
126 St. Lucia 397,000,000.00 2015
127 Cabo Verde 396,000,000.00 2015
128 Belize 372,000,000.00 2015
129 Algeria 357,000,000.00 2015
130 Paraguay 347,000,000.00 2015
131 Antigua and Barbuda 321,000,000.00 2015
132 Moldova 285,000,000.00 2015
133 Mongolia 279,000,000.00 2015
134 Macedonia 270,000,000.00 2015
135 Vanuatu 254,000,000.00 2015
136 Mali 214,000,000.00 2014
137 Togo 212,000,000.00 2015
138 Mozambique 202,000,000.00 2015
139 Zimbabwe 191,000,000.00 2015
140 Côte d'Ivoire 184,000,000.00 2014
140 New Caledonia 184,000,000.00 2014
142 Burkina Faso 183,000,000.00 2014
143 Libya 170,000,000.00 2010
144 Samoa 165,400,000.00 2015
145 Benin 160,000,000.00 2015
146 Palau 156,000,000.00 2015
147 Bangladesh 148,400,000.00 2015
148 Grenada 147,000,000.00 2015
149 Tajikistan 146,000,000.00 2015
150 Brunei 140,000,000.00 2015
151 The Gambia 138,000,000.00 2015
152 St. Kitts and Nevis 134,000,000.00 2015
153 Dominica 128,000,000.00 2015
154 Uzbekistan 121,000,000.00 2010
155 Bhutan 119,000,000.00 2015
156 Yemen 116,000,000.00 2015
157 Suriname 99,000,000.00 2015
158 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 96,000,000.00 2015
159 Afghanistan 92,000,000.00 2015
160 Guyana 65,000,000.00 2015
161 São Tomé and Principe 62,600,000.00 2015
162 Solomon Islands 60,000,000.00 2015
163 Niger 59,000,000.00 2013
164 Timor-Leste 51,000,000.00 2015
165 Tonga 48,100,000.00 2013
166 Turkmenistan 46,000,000.00 1997
166 Liberia 46,000,000.00 2015
168 Comoros 39,300,000.00 2012
169 Malawi 39,000,000.00 2015
170 Congo 38,000,000.00 2013
171 Lesotho 34,000,000.00 2015
172 Mauritania 31,000,000.00 2015
173 Djibouti 30,900,000.00 2015
174 Eritrea 26,000,000.00 2009
175 Chad 25,000,000.00 2002
176 Sierra Leone 23,000,000.00 2015
177 Guinea-Bissau 17,400,000.00 2013
178 Central African Republic 15,600,000.00 2013
179 Swaziland 14,400,000.00 2015
180 Equatorial Guinea 14,000,000.00 2001
181 Gabon 13,000,000.00 2005
182 Kiribati 3,900,000.00 2014
183 Burundi 3,100,000.00 2015
184 Tuvalu 2,400,000.00 2013
185 Papua New Guinea 1,700,000.00 2015
186 Guinea 1,680,000.00 2012
187 Dem. Rep. Congo 100,000.00 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. 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