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 292,200,000,000.00 2015
2 United States 148,366,000,000.00 2015
3 Germany 88,843,000,000.00 2015
4 United Kingdom 79,602,000,000.00 2015
5 France 46,835,000,000.00 2015
6 Russia 38,436,000,000.00 2015
7 Canada 29,514,000,000.00 2015
8 Australia 28,300,000,000.00 2015
9 Korea 27,559,000,000.00 2015
10 Italy 24,417,000,000.00 2015
11 Japan 23,165,000,000.00 2015
12 Hong Kong SAR, China 23,059,000,000.00 2015
13 Singapore 22,056,000,000.00 2015
14 Saudi Arabia 21,745,000,000.00 2015
15 Belgium 21,118,000,000.00 2015
16 Netherlands 21,110,000,000.00 2015
17 Brazil 20,356,000,000.00 2015
18 Switzerland 18,495,000,000.00 2015
19 United Arab Emirates 17,740,000,000.00 2014
20 India 17,686,000,000.00 2015
21 Spain 17,347,000,000.00 2015
22 Norway 17,090,000,000.00 2015
23 Sweden 14,410,000,000.00 2015
24 Kuwait 13,148,000,000.00 2015
25 Mexico 12,668,000,000.00 2015
26 Philippines 12,191,000,000.00 2015
27 Qatar 11,641,000,000.00 2015
28 Malaysia 10,589,000,000.00 2015
29 Indonesia 9,799,999,000.00 2015
30 Thailand 9,539,000,000.00 2015
31 Nigeria 9,200,000,000.00 2015
32 Austria 9,100,000,000.00 2015
33 Iran 8,989,000,000.00 2014
34 Denmark 8,918,000,000.00 2015
35 Poland 8,523,000,000.00 2015
36 Argentina 8,286,000,000.00 2015
37 Israel 6,244,000,000.00 2015
38 Ireland 5,774,000,000.00 2015
39 South Africa 5,735,000,000.00 2015
40 Turkey 5,686,000,000.00 2015
41 Lebanon 5,187,000,000.00 2015
42 Iraq 4,966,000,000.00 2015
43 Czech Republic 4,913,000,000.00 2015
44 Portugal 4,782,000,000.00 2015
45 Finland 4,772,000,000.00 2015
46 Ukraine 4,750,000,000.00 2015
47 Colombia 4,668,000,000.00 2015
48 New Zealand 3,721,000,000.00 2015
49 Egypt 3,636,000,000.00 2015
50 Greece 3,537,000,000.00 2015
51 Vietnam 3,500,000,000.00 2015
52 Luxembourg 3,369,000,000.00 2015
53 Venezuela 3,272,000,000.00 2015
54 Azerbaijan 2,743,000,000.00 2015
55 Libya 2,598,000,000.00 2013
56 Chile 2,563,000,000.00 2015
57 Hungary 2,468,000,000.00 2015
58 Peru 2,351,000,000.00 2015
59 Pakistan 2,333,000,000.00 2015
60 Romania 2,330,000,000.00 2015
61 Slovak Republic 2,260,000,000.00 2015
62 Oman 2,178,000,000.00 2015
63 Morocco 2,155,000,000.00 2015
63 Kazakhstan 2,155,000,000.00 2015
65 Sri Lanka 2,152,000,000.00 2015
66 Cyprus 1,439,000,000.00 2015
67 Ghana 1,405,000,000.00 2015
68 Uruguay 1,390,000,000.00 2015
69 Macao SAR, China 1,364,000,000.00 2015
70 Bulgaria 1,346,000,000.00 2015
71 Tanzania 1,345,000,000.00 2015
72 Albania 1,311,000,000.00 2015
73 Jordan 1,267,000,000.00 2015
74 Serbia 1,254,000,000.00 2015
75 Lithuania 1,131,000,000.00 2015
76 Estonia 1,125,000,000.00 2015
77 Armenia 1,057,000,000.00 2015
78 Puerto Rico 1,055,000,000.00 2015
79 Slovenia 1,051,000,000.00 2015
80 Panama 1,023,000,000.00 2015
81 Guatemala 1,005,000,000.00 2015
82 Belarus 1,004,000,000.00 2015
83 Iceland 998,000,000.00 2015
84 Ecuador 994,000,000.00 2015
85 Bahrain 864,000,000.00 2014
86 Syrian Arab Republic 850,000,000.00 2011
87 Bolivia 846,000,000.00 2015
88 Bangladesh 825,000,000.00 2015
89 Dominican Republic 803,000,000.00 2015
90 Latvia 801,000,000.00 2015
91 Costa Rica 778,000,000.00 2015
92 Croatia 770,000,000.00 2015
93 Tunisia 767,000,000.00 2015
94 Algeria 765,000,000.00 2015
95 Cameroon 742,000,000.00 2015
96 Nepal 669,000,000.00 2015
97 Mauritius 622,000,000.00 2015
98 Cambodia 621,000,000.00 2015
99 Georgia 609,000,000.00 2015
100 Uganda 573,000,000.00 2015
101 Zimbabwe 557,000,000.00 2015
102 Lao PDR 528,000,000.00 2015
103 Honduras 507,000,000.00 2015
104 Paraguay 494,000,000.00 2015
105 Mongolia 473,000,000.00 2015
106 Brunei 459,000,000.00 2015
107 Haiti 447,000,000.00 2015
108 Kyrgyz Republic 445,000,000.00 2015
109 Jamaica 411,000,000.00 2015
110 Côte d'Ivoire 402,000,000.00 2014
111 Zambia 400,000,000.00 2015
112 Angola 389,000,000.00 2015
113 Moldova 366,000,000.00 2015
114 Malta 359,000,000.00 2015
115 The Bahamas 348,000,000.00 2015
116 Gabon 346,000,000.00 2005
117 El Salvador 332,000,000.00 2015
118 Mozambique 322,000,000.00 2015
119 Senegal 279,000,000.00 2014
120 Nicaragua 273,000,000.00 2015
121 Botswana 241,500,000.00 2015
122 Congo 236,000,000.00 2013
123 Mali 231,000,000.00 2014
124 Rwanda 210,000,000.00 2015
125 Kenya 206,000,000.00 2014
126 Bosnia and Herzegovina 201,000,000.00 2015
127 Sudan 195,000,000.00 2015
128 Trinidad and Tobago 192,000,000.00 2011
129 Macedonia 189,000,000.00 2015
130 Ethiopia 181,000,000.00 2012
131 Lesotho 180,000,000.00 2015
132 Burkina Faso 176,000,000.00 2014
133 New Caledonia 169,000,000.00 2014
134 Cayman Islands 161,000,000.00 2015
134 Madagascar 161,000,000.00 2013
136 Liberia 152,000,000.00 2015
137 Myanmar 144,000,000.00 2015
138 Namibia 136,000,000.00 2015
139 Afghanistan 135,000,000.00 2015
139 Papua New Guinea 135,000,000.00 2015
141 Suriname 128,000,000.00 2015
142 Turkmenistan 127,000,000.00 1997
143 Malawi 120,000,000.00 2015
144 Fiji 115,000,000.00 2015
145 Cabo Verde 109,000,000.00 2015
146 Swaziland 105,000,000.00 2015
147 Timor-Leste 100,000,000.00 2015
148 Guyana 93,000,000.00 2015
149 Niger 81,000,000.00 2013
150 Chad 80,000,000.00 2002
151 Yemen 79,000,000.00 2015
152 Barbados 78,000,000.00 2013
153 Mauritania 73,000,000.00 2015
154 Central African Republic 69,800,000.00 2013
155 Montenegro 68,000,000.00 2015
155 Benin 68,000,000.00 2015
157 Dem. Rep. Congo 65,000,000.00 2015
158 Guinea 61,000,000.00 2013
159 Solomon Islands 60,700,000.00 2015
160 The Gambia 60,000,000.00 2015
161 Seychelles 54,000,000.00 2015
162 Togo 53,000,000.00 2015
163 Antigua and Barbuda 50,000,000.00 2013
163 Belize 50,000,000.00 2015
165 St. Lucia 46,000,000.00 2013
165 Burundi 46,000,000.00 2015
167 Bhutan 44,000,000.00 2015
168 Comoros 36,300,000.00 2012
169 Vanuatu 34,000,000.00 2015
170 Tonga 31,100,000.00 2013
171 Equatorial Guinea 30,000,000.00 2001
172 Guinea-Bissau 27,200,000.00 2013
173 Tajikistan 25,000,000.00 2015
174 Sierra Leone 24,000,000.00 2014
175 Djibouti 23,400,000.00 2015
176 São Tomé and Principe 22,100,000.00 2015
177 Palau 21,900,000.00 2015
178 Kiribati 16,900,000.00 2014
179 St. Kitts and Nevis 16,000,000.00 2014
180 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 13,400,000.00 2015
181 Dominica 13,000,000.00 2015
182 Grenada 11,000,000.00 2013
183 Tuvalu 7,550,000.00 2013
184 Samoa 2,800,000.00 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. 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