European Union 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 France 81.41 million 2011
2 Spain 56.69 million 2011
3 Italy 46.12 million 2011
4 United Kingdom 29.31 million 2011
5 Germany 28.37 million 2011
6 Austria 23.01 million 2011
7 Greece 16.43 million 2011
8 Poland 13.35 million 2011
9 Netherlands 11.3 million 2011
10 Hungary 10.25 million 2011
11 Croatia 9.93 million 2011
12 Czech Republic 8.78 million 2011
13 Ireland 7.63 million 2011
14 Romania 7.61 million 2011
15 Belgium 7.49 million 2011
16 Denmark 7.36 million 2011
17 Portugal 7.26 million 2011
18 Bulgaria 6.33 million 2011
19 Sweden 5.01 million 2011
20 Finland 4.19 million 2011
21 Estonia 2.67 million 2011
22 Cyprus 2.39 million 2011
23 Slovenia 2.04 million 2011
24 Lithuania 1.77 million 2011
25 Latvia 1.49 million 2011
26 Slovakia 1.46 million 2011
27 Malta 1.41 million 2011
28 Luxembourg 871,000 2011


European Union Compared by Economy > Tourism > International tourism, number of arrivals


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