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Tourist destinations Compared by Economy > Tourist arrivals

DEFINITION: International inbound tourists (overnight visitors) are the number of tourists who travel to a country other than that in which they have their usual residence, but outside their usual environment, for a period not exceeding 12 months and whose main purpose in visiting is other than an activity remunerated from within the country visited. When data on number of tourists are not available, the number of visitors, which includes tourists, same-day visitors, cruise passengers, and crew members, is shown instead. 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. The data on inbound tourists refer to the number of arrivals, 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.".

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
1 France 78.45 million 2008
2 Spain 57.32 million 2008
3 Austria 21.93 million 2008
4 Greece 15.94 million 2008
5 Croatia 9.41 million 2008
6 Hungary 8.81 million 2008
7 Switzerland 8.61 million 2008
8 Ireland 8.03 million 2008
9 Singapore 7.78 million 2008
10 United Arab Emirates 7.13 million 2005
11 Bahrain 4.93 million 2007
12 Denmark 4.5 million 2008
13 Cyprus 2.4 million 2008
14 Estonia 1.97 million 2008
15 Botswana 1.5 million 2008
16 The Bahamas 1.46 million 2008
17 Qatar 1.41 million 2008
18 Malta 1.29 million 2008
19 Guam 1.14 million 2008
20 Iceland 1.1 million 2008
21 Luxembourg 879,000 2008
22 Aruba 827,000 2008
23 Maldives 683,000 2008
24 Barbados 568,000 2008
25 Northern Mariana Islands 388,000 2008
26 Monaco 324,000 2008
27 Cayman Islands 303,000 2008
28 Saint Lucia 296,000 2008
29 Antigua and Barbuda 266,000 2008
30 Turks and Caicos Islands 265,000 2007
31 Bermuda 264,000 2008
32 Seychelles 159,000 2008
33 Grenada 130,000 2007
34 Saint Kitts and Nevis 121,000 2008
35 Palau 83,000 2008
36 Dominica 81,000 2007
37 San Marino 69,000 2007
38 Liechtenstein 58,000 2008

Citation

"Countries Compared by Economy > Tourist arrivals. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", World Tourism Organisation, Yearbook of Tourism Statistics, Compendium of Tourism Statistics and data files. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/group-stats/Tourist-destinations/Economy/Tourist-arrivals

Tourist destinations Compared by Economy > Tourist arrivals

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Interesting observations about Economy > Tourist arrivals

  • France ranked first for tourist arrivals amongst Christian countries in 2008.
  • Mexico ranked first for tourist arrivals amongst Hot countries in 2008.
  • United States ranked first for tourist arrivals amongst Cold countries in 2008.
  • China ranked first for tourist arrivals amongst Emerging markets in 2008.
  • European Union has had the highest tourist arrivals since 1995.
  • Tuvalu has ranked last for tourist arrivals since 1995.
  • Spain ranked second for tourist arrivals amongst Europe in 2008.
  • Turkey ranked first for tourist arrivals amongst Muslim countries in 2008.
  • Brazil ranked second for tourist arrivals amongst Latin America and Caribbean in 2008.
  • Austria ranked first for tourist arrivals amongst Landlocked countries in 2008.
  • Japan ranked last for tourist arrivals amongst Group of 7 countries (G7) in 2008.
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