European Union 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 France 78.45 million 2008
2 Spain 57.32 million 2008
3 Italy 42.73 million 2008
4 United Kingdom 30.14 million 2008
5 Germany 24.88 million 2008
6 Austria 21.93 million 2008
7 Greece 15.94 million 2008
8 Poland 12.96 million 2008
9 Portugal 12.32 million 2007
10 Netherlands 10.1 million 2008
11 Croatia 9.41 million 2008
12 Romania 8.86 million 2008
13 Hungary 8.81 million 2008
14 Ireland 8.03 million 2008
15 Belgium 7.17 million 2008
16 Czech Republic 6.65 million 2008
17 Bulgaria 5.78 million 2008
18 Denmark 4.5 million 2008
19 Finland 3.58 million 2008
20 Sweden 3.43 million 2007
21 Cyprus 2.4 million 2008
22 Estonia 1.97 million 2008
23 Slovenia 1.77 million 2008
24 Slovakia 1.77 million 2008
25 Latvia 1.68 million 2008
26 Lithuania 1.61 million 2008
27 Malta 1.29 million 2008
28 Luxembourg 879,000 2008


European Union Compared by Economy > Tourist arrivals


Interesting observations about Economy > Tourist arrivals

  • France ranked first for tourist arrivals amongst Christian countries in 2008.
  • Mexico ranked first for tourist arrivals amongst Hot countries in 2008.
  • United States ranked first for tourist arrivals amongst Cold countries in 2008.
  • China ranked first for tourist arrivals amongst Emerging markets in 2008.
  • European Union has had the highest tourist arrivals since 1995.
  • Tuvalu has ranked last for tourist arrivals since 1995.
  • Spain ranked second for tourist arrivals amongst Europe in 2008.
  • Turkey ranked first for tourist arrivals amongst Muslim countries in 2008.
  • Brazil ranked second for tourist arrivals amongst Latin America and Caribbean in 2008.
  • Austria ranked first for tourist arrivals amongst Landlocked countries in 2008.
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