Emerging markets 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 Turkey 34.04 million 2011
3 Russia 24.93 million 2011
4 Malaysia 24.71 million 2011
5 Mexico 23.4 million 2011
6 Ukraine 21.41 million 2011
7 Thailand 19.23 million 2011
8 Poland 13.35 million 2011
9 Hungary 10.25 million 2011
10 South Africa 8.34 million 2011
11 Indonesia 7.65 million 2011
12 Romania 7.61 million 2011
13 Bulgaria 6.33 million 2011
14 India 6.31 million 2011
15 Argentina 5.71 million 2011
16 Brazil 5.43 million 2011
17 Philippines 3.92 million 2011
18 Chile 3.07 million 2011
19 Estonia 2.67 million 2011
20 Peru 2.6 million 2011
21 Colombia 2.38 million 2010
22 Lithuania 1.77 million 2011
23 Latvia 1.49 million 2011
24 Pakistan 907,000 2010
25 Venezuela 595,000 2011


Emerging markets Compared by Economy > Tourism > International tourism, number of arrivals


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