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

Definition: International tourism expenditures are expenditures of international outbound visitors in other countries, including payments to foreign carriers for international transport. These expenditures may include those by residents traveling abroad as same-day visitors, except in cases where these are important enough to justify separate classification. For some countries they do not include expenditures 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 China 257,733,000,000.00 2017
2 United States 173,919,000,000.00 2017
3 Germany 97,597,000,000.00 2017
4 United Kingdom 71,671,000,000.00 2017
5 France 50,329,000,000.00 2017
6 Australia 39,491,000,000.00 2017
7 Russia 35,585,000,000.00 2017
8 Korea 33,354,000,000.00 2017
9 Canada 31,816,000,000.00 2017
10 Italy 27,883,000,000.00 2017
11 Hong Kong SAR, China 25,388,000,000.00 2017
12 Singapore 24,543,000,000.00 2017
13 Belgium 22,995,000,000.00 2017
14 Brazil 22,991,000,000.00 2017
15 Spain 22,321,000,000.00 2017
16 Netherlands 22,044,000,000.00 2017
17 India 21,856,000,000.00 2017
18 Switzerland 19,494,000,000.00 2017
19 Saudi Arabia 18,745,000,000.00 2017
20 Japan 18,177,000,000.00 2017
21 Norway 17,800,000,000.00 2017
22 United Arab Emirates 17,645,000,000.00 2017
23 Sweden 17,097,000,000.00 2017
24 Kuwait 13,722,000,000.00 2017
25 Mexico 13,648,000,000.00 2017
26 Argentina 13,516,000,000.00 2017
27 Austria 12,878,000,000.00 2017
28 Philippines 12,786,000,000.00 2017
29 Qatar 12,284,000,000.00 2017
30 Thailand 11,579,000,000.00 2017
31 Indonesia 10,945,000,000.00 2017
32 Malaysia 10,699,000,000.00 2017
33 Iran 9,893,000,000.00 2016
34 Denmark 9,639,999,000.00 2017
35 Poland 9,567,000,000.00 2017
36 Israel 8,985,000,000.00 2017
37 Nigeria 8,181,000,000.00 2017
38 Ukraine 7,543,000,000.00 2017
39 Finland 6,675,000,000.00 2017
40 Ireland 6,612,000,000.00 2017
41 South Africa 6,064,000,000.00 2017
42 Lebanon 5,705,000,000.00 2017
43 Portugal 5,647,000,000.00 2017
44 Czech Republic 5,518,000,000.00 2017
45 Turkey 5,181,000,000.00 2017
46 Colombia 5,136,000,000.00 2017
47 Vietnam 5,040,000,000.00 2017
48 Iraq 5,027,000,000.00 2016
49 New Zealand 4,445,000,000.00 2017
50 Romania 4,228,000,000.00 2017
51 Greece 3,308,000,000.00 2017
52 Pakistan 3,223,000,000.00 2017
53 Luxembourg 3,033,000,000.00 2017
54 Chile 2,982,000,000.00 2017
55 Hungary 2,975,000,000.00 2017
56 Venezuela 2,920,000,000.00 2016
57 Peru 2,916,000,000.00 2017
57 Oman 2,916,000,000.00 2017
59 Morocco 2,829,000,000.00 2017
60 Azerbaijan 2,803,000,000.00 2017
61 Slovak Republic 2,597,000,000.00 2017
62 Egypt 2,419,000,000.00 2017
63 Sri Lanka 2,409,000,000.00 2017
64 Bulgaria 2,047,000,000.00 2017
65 Kazakhstan 1,886,000,000.00 2017
66 Bahrain 1,823,000,000.00 2017
67 Cyprus 1,781,000,000.00 2017
68 Iceland 1,664,000,000.00 2017
69 Ghana 1,581,000,000.00 2017
70 Serbia 1,548,000,000.00 2017
71 Jordan 1,496,000,000.00 2017
72 Albania 1,472,000,000.00 2017
73 Croatia 1,399,000,000.00 2017
74 Estonia 1,398,000,000.00 2017
75 Uruguay 1,356,000,000.00 2017
76 Armenia 1,325,000,000.00 2017
77 Lithuania 1,312,000,000.00 2017
78 Macao SAR, China 1,244,000,000.00 2017
79 Angola 1,216,000,000.00 2017
80 Slovenia 1,141,000,000.00 2017
81 Costa Rica 1,129,000,000.00 2017
82 Panama 1,128,000,000.00 2017
83 Bangladesh 1,118,000,000.00 2017
84 Ecuador 1,087,000,000.00 2017
85 Belarus 1,082,000,000.00 2017
86 Puerto Rico 1,035,000,000.00 2017
87 Bolivia 1,017,000,000.00 2017
88 Guatemala 1,010,000,000.00 2017
89 Lao PDR 989,000,000.00 2017
90 Dominican Republic 941,000,000.00 2017
91 Cambodia 919,000,000.00 2017
92 Tanzania 899,000,000.00 2017
93 Nepal 889,000,000.00 2017
94 Tunisia 871,000,000.00 2017
95 Georgia 853,000,000.00 2017
96 Syrian Arab Republic 850,000,000.00 2011
97 Cameroon 845,000,000.00 2017
98 Latvia 814,000,000.00 2017
99 Libya 813,000,000.00 2016
100 Mauritius 738,000,000.00 2017
101 Algeria 632,000,000.00 2017
102 Mongolia 618,000,000.00 2017
103 The Bahamas 554,000,000.00 2017
104 Paraguay 545,000,000.00 2017
105 Honduras 517,000,000.00 2017
106 Brunei 504,000,000.00 2017
107 Côte d'Ivoire 491,000,000.00 2016
108 Haiti 485,000,000.00 2017
109 Malta 472,000,000.00 2017
110 Jamaica 471,000,000.00 2017
111 El Salvador 466,000,000.00 2017
112 Congo 457,000,000.00 2016
113 Gabon 441,000,000.00 2012
114 Kyrgyz Republic 422,000,000.00 2017
115 Zambia 410,000,000.00 2017
116 Moldova 381,000,000.00 2017
117 Nicaragua 364,000,000.00 2017
118 Ethiopia 363,500,000.00 2017
119 Rwanda 347,000,000.00 2017
120 Zimbabwe 338,000,000.00 2017
121 Madagascar 319,000,000.00 2017
122 Uganda 311,000,000.00 2017
123 Senegal 279,000,000.00 2014
124 Botswana 276,300,000.00 2017
125 Kenya 262,000,000.00 2017
126 Bosnia and Herzegovina 257,000,000.00 2017
127 New Caledonia 252,000,000.00 2016
128 Mozambique 237,000,000.00 2017
129 North Macedonia 233,000,000.00 2017
130 Lesotho 193,000,000.00 2017
131 Burkina Faso 176,000,000.00 2016
132 Cayman Islands 166,000,000.00 2016
133 Papua New Guinea 165,000,000.00 2017
134 Mali 150,000,000.00 2015
135 Trinidad and Tobago 147,000,000.00 2017
136 Fiji 138,000,000.00 2017
137 Timor-Leste 137,000,000.00 2017
138 Myanmar 136,000,000.00 2017
139 Afghanistan 132,000,000.00 2017
140 Turkmenistan 127,000,000.00 1997
141 Malawi 120,000,000.00 2017
142 Niger 111,000,000.00 2016
143 Antigua and Barbuda 106,000,000.00 2017
144 Seychelles 104,000,000.00 2017
145 Guyana 103,000,000.00 2016
146 Suriname 99,000,000.00 2017
147 Montenegro 91,000,000.00 2017
148 Cabo Verde 90,000,000.00 2017
149 Benin 87,000,000.00 2016
150 St. Lucia 80,000,000.00 2017
150 Chad 80,000,000.00 2002
152 Namibia 79,000,000.00 2017
153 Barbados 78,000,000.00 2013
154 Eswatini 74,000,000.00 2017
155 Solomon Islands 72,700,000.00 2017
156 Central African Republic 69,800,000.00 2013
157 Dem. Rep. Congo 68,000,000.00 2017
158 Mauritania 61,000,000.00 2017
158 Bhutan 61,000,000.00 2017
160 Yemen 56,000,000.00 2016
161 Togo 55,000,000.00 2016
162 St. Kitts and Nevis 53,000,000.00 2017
162 Belize 53,000,000.00 2017
164 Liberia 51,000,000.00 2009
165 The Gambia 45,500,000.00 2017
166 Djibouti 39,700,000.00 2017
167 Tonga 37,700,000.00 2017
168 Sierra Leone 37,000,000.00 2016
169 Comoros 36,300,000.00 2012
170 Grenada 35,000,000.00 2017
171 Vanuatu 34,000,000.00 2015
171 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 34,000,000.00 2017
173 Guinea-Bissau 33,000,000.00 2016
174 Equatorial Guinea 30,000,000.00 2001
175 Sudan 29,000,000.00 2017
176 Dominica 26,000,000.00 2017
177 Burundi 24,000,000.00 2017
178 Palau 23,800,000.00 2016
179 São Tomé and Principe 17,200,000.00 2017
180 Tajikistan 16,100,000.00 2017
181 Guinea 15,800,000.00 2017
182 Kiribati 8,800,000.00 2016
183 Tuvalu 7,550,000.00 2013
184 Samoa 3,500,000.00 2017

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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. Expenditure associated with the activity of international visitors has been traditionally identified with the travel item of the Balance of Payments (BOP). 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: Outbound tourism expenditures may include those by residents traveling abroad as same-day visitors, except when these are important enough to justify separate classification. For some countries they do not include expenditures for passenger transport items. Their share in imports is calculated as a ratio to imports of goods and services (all transactions between residents of a country and the rest of the world involving a change of ownership from nonresidents to residents 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 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