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Economy > Tourist arrivals: Countries Compared

Author: Ian Graham <br>Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham <br>Staff Editor

Tourism continues expanding year-to-year, according to World Tourist Organization numbers. In 2002, international tourist arrivals topped 700 million for the first time, and increased by about 16 million from 2001.

Worldwide earnings from international tourism in 2002 were US$474 billion, or US$1.3 billion per day. That’s US$675 per tourist.

The United States earned US$67 billion followed by Spain, France and Italy, which earned from US$27 billion to US$34 billion.

Per-tourist spending is almost US$1,000 in the Americas, US$720 in Asia-Pacific, US$600 in Europe, and US$470 in the Middle East.

The top 10 spenders on tourism are the U.S., Germany, U.K., Japan, France, Italy, China, Netherlands, Hong Kong and the Russian Federation.

The World Tourist Organization estimates international tourist arrivals will reach 1.56 billion by 2020, and that the top three destination regions will be Europe (717 million), East Asia and the Pacific (397 million) and the Americas (282 million).

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 European UnionEuropean Union 371.04 million 2008
2 FranceFrance 78.45 million 2008
3 United StatesUnited States 57.94 million 2008
4 SpainSpain 57.32 million 2008
5 ChinaChina 53.05 million 2008
6 ItalyItaly 42.73 million 2008
7 United KingdomUnited Kingdom 30.14 million 2008
8 UkraineUkraine 25.45 million 2008
9 TurkeyTurkey 24.99 million 2008
10 GermanyGermany 24.88 million 2008
11 RussiaRussia 23.68 million 2008
12 MexicoMexico 22.64 million 2008
13 MalaysiaMalaysia 22.05 million 2008
14 AustriaAustria 21.93 million 2008
15 CanadaCanada 17.14 million 2008
16 GreeceGreece 15.94 million 2008
17 Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia 14.76 million 2008
18 ThailandThailand 14.54 million 2008
19 PolandPoland 12.96 million 2008
20 PortugalPortugal 12.32 million 2007
21 NetherlandsNetherlands 10.1 million 2008
22 South AfricaSouth Africa 9.59 million 2008
23 CroatiaCroatia 9.41 million 2008
24 RomaniaRomania 8.86 million 2008
25 HungaryHungary 8.81 million 2008
26 SwitzerlandSwitzerland 8.61 million 2008
27 JapanJapan 8.35 million 2008
28 IrelandIreland 8.03 million 2008
29 MoroccoMorocco 7.88 million 2008
30 SingaporeSingapore 7.78 million 2008
31 BelgiumBelgium 7.17 million 2008
32 United Arab EmiratesUAE 7.13 million 2005
33 TunisiaTunisia 7.05 million 2008
34 Czech RepublicCzech Republic 6.65 million 2008
35 IndonesiaIndonesia 6.23 million 2008
36 BulgariaBulgaria 5.78 million 2008
37 AustraliaAustralia 5.59 million 2008
38 SyriaSyria 5.43 million 2008
39 IndiaIndia 5.37 million 2008
40 BrazilBrazil 5.05 million 2008
41 BahrainBahrain 4.93 million 2007
42 ArgentinaArgentina 4.67 million 2008
43 DenmarkDenmark 4.5 million 2008
44 NorwayNorway 4.44 million 2008
45 VietnamVietnam 4.25 million 2008
46 Dominican RepublicDominican Rep. 3.98 million 2008
47 Puerto RicoPuerto Rico 3.89 million 2008
48 JordanJordan 3.73 million 2008
49 FinlandFinland 3.58 million 2008
50 KazakhstanKazakhstan 3.45 million 2008
51 SwedenSweden 3.43 million 2007
52 PhilippinesPhilippines 3.14 million 2008
53 ChileChile 2.7 million 2008
54 AlbaniaAlbania 2.67 million 2008
55 IsraelIsrael 2.57 million 2008
56 ZimbabweZimbabwe 2.51 million 2007
57 KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstan 2.44 million 2008
58 New ZealandNew Zealand 2.41 million 2008
59 CyprusCyprus 2.4 million 2008
60 CubaCuba 2.32 million 2008
61 Costa RicaCosta Rica 2.09 million 2008
62 PeruPeru 2.06 million 2008
63 CambodiaCambodia 2 million 2008
64 EstoniaEstonia 1.97 million 2008
65 UruguayUruguay 1.94 million 2008
66 AlgeriaAlgeria 1.77 million 2008
67 SloveniaSlovenia 1.77 million 2008
68 SlovakiaSlovakia 1.77 million 2008
69 JamaicaJamaica 1.77 million 2008
70 GuatemalaGuatemala 1.72 million 2008
71 LatviaLatvia 1.68 million 2008
72 KenyaKenya 1.64 million 2006
73 LithuaniaLithuania 1.61 million 2008
74 BotswanaBotswana 1.5 million 2008
75 The BahamasThe Bahamas 1.46 million 2008
76 AzerbaijanAzerbaijan 1.41 million 2008
77 QatarQatar 1.41 million 2008
78 El SalvadorEl Salvador 1.39 million 2008
79 LebanonLebanon 1.33 million 2008
80 LaosLaos 1.29 million 2008
81 PanamaPanama 1.29 million 2008
82 MaltaMalta 1.29 million 2008
83 GeorgiaGeorgia 1.29 million 2008
84 OmanOman 1.27 million 2008
85 ColombiaColombia 1.22 million 2008
86 GuamGuam 1.14 million 2008
87 NigeriaNigeria 1.11 million 2006
88 IcelandIceland 1.1 million 2008
89 UzbekistanUzbekistan 1.07 million 2008
90 EcuadorEcuador 1 million 2008
91 Netherlands AntillesN. Antilles 982,000 2008
92 RwandaRwanda 981,000 2008
93 MauritiusMauritius 930,000 2008
94 NamibiaNamibia 929,000 2007
95 HondurasHonduras 899,000 2008
96 LuxembourgLuxembourg 879,000 2008
97 SenegalSenegal 875,000 2007
98 NicaraguaNicaragua 858,000 2008
99 UgandaUganda 844,000 2008
100 ArubaAruba 827,000 2008
101 PakistanPakistan 823,000 2008
102 ZambiaZambia 812,000 2008
103 MozambiqueMozambique 771,000 2007
104 SwazilandSwaziland 754,000 2008
105 TanzaniaTanzania 750,000 2008
106 VenezuelaVenezuela 745,000 2008
107 MalawiMalawi 742,000 2008
108 MaldivesMaldives 683,000 2008
109 Serbia and MontenegroSerbia+ 646,000 2008
110 BoliviaBolivia 594,000 2008
111 GhanaGhana 587,000 2007
112 FijiFiji 585,000 2008
113 BarbadosBarbados 568,000 2008
114 ArmeniaArmenia 558,000 2008
115 Virgin IslandsVirgin Islands 510,000 2007
116 NepalNepal 500,000 2008
117 BangladeshBangladesh 467,000 2008
118 MongoliaMongolia 446,000 2008
119 Sri LankaSri Lanka 438,000 2008
120 SudanSudan 436,000 2007
121 Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad+ 433,000 2008
122 ParaguayParaguay 428,000 2008
123 Northern Mariana IslandsN. Mariana 388,000 2008
124 MadagascarMadagascar 375,000 2008
125 EthiopiaEthiopia 330,000 2008
126 MonacoMonaco 324,000 2008
127 Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia+ 322,000 2008
128 HaitiHaiti 304,000 2008
129 Cayman IslandsCayman Islands 303,000 2008
130 Cote d'IvoireCote d'Ivoire 301,000 1998
131 Saint LuciaSaint Lucia 296,000 2008
132 AngolaAngola 294,000 2008
133 KuwaitKuwait 293,000 2007
134 Cape VerdeCape Verde 285,000 2008
135 LesothoLesotho 285,000 2008
136 Antigua and BarbudaAntigua+ 266,000 2008
137 Turks and Caicos IslandsTurks+ 265,000 2007
138 BermudaBermuda 264,000 2008
139 BelizeBelize 245,000 2008
140 Burkina FasoBurkina Faso 226,000 2008
141 BruneiBrunei 226,000 2008
142 GabonGabon 222,000 2003
143 BurundiBurundi 201,000 2006
144 French PolynesiaFr. Polynesia 196,000 2008
145 BurmaBurma 193,000 2008
146 MaliMali 190,000 2008
147 BeninBenin 186,000 2007
148 CameroonCameroon 185,000 2006
149 SurinameSuriname 163,000 2007
150 SeychellesSeychelles 159,000 2008
151 LibyaLibya 149,000 2004
152 The GambiaThe Gambia 147,000 2008
153 GuyanaGuyana 131,000 2007
154 GrenadaGrenada 130,000 2007
155 IraqIraq 127,000 2001
156 SamoaSamoa 122,000 2008
157 Saint Kitts and NevisSt Kitts+ 121,000 2008
158 Papua New GuineaPapua NG 114,000 2008
159 New CaledoniaNew Caledonia 104,000 2008
160 VanuatuVanuatu 91,000 2008
161 BelarusBelarus 91,000 2008
162 Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSt Vincent+ 84,000 2008
163 PalauPalau 83,000 2008
164 DominicaDominica 81,000 2007
165 EritreaEritrea 81,000 2007
166 TogoTogo 74,000 2008
167 San MarinoSan Marino 69,000 2007
168 LiechtensteinLiechtenstein 58,000 2008
169 NigerNiger 48,000 2007
170 Democratic Republic of the CongoCongo, DR. 47,000 2007
171 GuineaGuinea 46,000 2006
172 TongaTonga 46,000 2007
173 Congo, Republic of theCongo, Republic of the 43,000 2006
174 DjiboutiDjibouti 40,000 2007
175 Sierra LeoneSierra Leone 36,000 2008
176 MauritaniaMauritania 30,000 2000
177 Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissau 30,000 2007
178 BhutanBhutan 28,000 2008
179 American SamoaAmerican Samoa 25,000 2006
180 ChadChad 25,000 2007
181 ComorosComoros 15,000 2007
182 Central African RepublicCentral Africa 14,000 2006
183 Solomon IslandsSolomon Islands 14,000 2007
184 Sao Tome and PrincipeSoa Tome+ 12,000 2006
185 TurkmenistanTurkmenistan 8,000 2007
186 MoldovaMoldova 7,000 2008
187 Marshall IslandsMarshall Isl. 6,000 2008
188 TajikistanTajikistan 4,000 2001
189 KiribatiKiribati 3,900 2008
190 TuvaluTuvalu 1,100 2007

Citation

"All countries compared for Economy > Tourist arrivals", 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/stats/Economy/Tourist-arrivals

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Tourism continues expanding year-to-year, according to World Tourist Organization numbers. In 2002, international tourist arrivals topped 700 million for the first time, and increased by about 16 million from 2001.

Worldwide earnings from international tourism in 2002 were US$474 billion, or US$1.3 billion per day. That’s US$675 per tourist.

The United States earned US$67 billion followed by Spain, France and Italy, which earned from US$27 billion to US$34 billion.

Per-tourist spending is almost US$1,000 in the Americas, US$720 in Asia-Pacific, US$600 in Europe, and US$470 in the Middle East.

The top 10 spenders on tourism are the U.S., Germany, U.K., Japan, France, Italy, China, Netherlands, Hong Kong and the Russian Federation.

The World Tourist Organization estimates international tourist arrivals will reach 1.56 billion by 2020, and that the top three destination regions will be Europe (717 million), East Asia and the Pacific (397 million) and the Americas (282 million).

Posted on 07 Mar 2005

Ian Graham <br>Staff Editor

Ian Graham <br>Staff Editor

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I dont find the name of Bangladesh in your list. But officially around 400000 tourists com,e to Bangladesh. Please try to get exact data from Bangladesh tourist organization and include in the table.
I am working on tourism development in Bangladesh. Anybody can contact with me if want to work on regional tourism development specially south asin countries.

Posted on 30 Dec 2010

Prof.+S.+Rashidul+Hasan

Prof.+S.+Rashidul+Hasan

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Amazing!! you don't have information about Nepal ?
Please ........... in another update???

Posted on 18 Jul 2010

rudra

rudra

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Where is Papua New Guinea? Why is it not on the list??

The obvious Pacific country I can see there is Fiji.

Hope to see PNG on the list as well.

Thank you.

Posted on 30 Jun 2010

Theo'...

Theo'...

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Malaysia is stated in official studies over 23 million arrovals in 2009, when it is 6 million in this page ...

Posted on 29 Mar 2010

Marie, Bali

Marie, Bali

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This hing is just misleading I went to the official tourism site. It is more updated and it has allcountries. This one is the worst I've ever seen

Posted on 13 Mar 2010

hio

hio

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I'm looking for Tourism as a percentage of GDP. Anyone?

Posted on 04 Mar 2010

Mitch

Mitch

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Tourist arrival to Cambodia in 2009 was 2,161,577. please kindly update.

Posted on 28 Jul 2010

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Plong Thoeun

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