Emerging markets 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 Ukraine 25.45 million 2008
3 Turkey 24.99 million 2008
4 Russia 23.68 million 2008
5 Mexico 22.64 million 2008
6 Malaysia 22.05 million 2008
7 Thailand 14.54 million 2008
8 Poland 12.96 million 2008
9 South Africa 9.59 million 2008
10 Romania 8.86 million 2008
11 Hungary 8.81 million 2008
12 Indonesia 6.23 million 2008
13 Bulgaria 5.78 million 2008
14 India 5.37 million 2008
15 Brazil 5.05 million 2008
16 Argentina 4.67 million 2008
17 Philippines 3.14 million 2008
18 Chile 2.7 million 2008
19 Peru 2.06 million 2008
20 Estonia 1.97 million 2008
21 Latvia 1.68 million 2008
22 Lithuania 1.61 million 2008
23 Colombia 1.22 million 2008
24 Pakistan 823,000 2008
25 Venezuela 745,000 2008


Emerging markets Compared by Economy > Tourist arrivals


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