East Asia and Pacific 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.".


1 China 53.05 million 2008
2 Malaysia 22.05 million 2008
3 Thailand 14.54 million 2008
4 Japan 8.35 million 2008
5 Singapore 7.78 million 2008
6 Indonesia 6.23 million 2008
7 Australia 5.59 million 2008
8 Vietnam 4.25 million 2008
9 Philippines 3.14 million 2008
10 New Zealand 2.41 million 2008
11 Cambodia 2 million 2008
12 Laos 1.29 million 2008
13 Fiji 585,000 2008
14 Mongolia 446,000 2008
15 Brunei 226,000 2008
16 Burma 193,000 2008
17 Samoa 122,000 2008
18 Papua New Guinea 114,000 2008
19 Vanuatu 91,000 2008
20 Palau 83,000 2008
21 Tonga 46,000 2007
22 Solomon Islands 14,000 2007
23 Marshall Islands 6,000 2008
24 Kiribati 3,900 2008
25 Tuvalu 1,100 2007


East Asia and Pacific Compared by Economy > Tourist arrivals


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