East Asia and Pacific Compared by Economy > Tourism > International tourism, number of arrivals

DEFINITION: International tourism, number of arrivals. 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.


1 China 57.58 million 2011
2 Malaysia 24.71 million 2011
3 Thailand 19.23 million 2011
4 Singapore 10.39 million 2011
5 South Korea 9.79 million 2011
6 Indonesia 7.65 million 2011
7 Japan 6.22 million 2011
8 Vietnam 6.01 million 2011
9 Australia 5.88 million 2011
10 Philippines 3.92 million 2011
11 Cambodia 2.88 million 2011
12 New Zealand 2.57 million 2011
13 Laos 1.79 million 2011
14 Fiji 675,000 2011
15 Mongolia 457,000 2010
16 Burma 391,000 2011
17 Brunei 242,000 2011
18 Papua New Guinea 165,000 2011
19 Samoa 121,000 2011
20 Palau 109,000 2011
21 Vanuatu 94,000 2011
22 East Timor 51,000 2011
23 Tonga 46,000 2011
24 Federated States of Micronesia 26,000 2008
25 Solomon Islands 23,000 2011
26 Kiribati 5,300 2011
27 Marshall Islands 5,000 2011
28 Tuvalu 1,200 2011


East Asia and Pacific Compared by Economy > Tourism > International tourism, number of arrivals


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