Former Spanish colonies 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 Mexico 23.4 million 2011
2 Argentina 5.71 million 2011
3 Dominican Republic 4.31 million 2011
4 Philippines 3.92 million 2011
5 Chile 3.07 million 2011
6 Uruguay 2.86 million 2011
7 Cuba 2.69 million 2011
8 Peru 2.6 million 2011
9 Colombia 2.38 million 2010
10 Costa Rica 2.19 million 2011
11 Guatemala 1.82 million 2011
12 Panama 1.47 million 2011
13 El Salvador 1.18 million 2011
14 Ecuador 1.14 million 2011
15 Nicaragua 1.06 million 2011
16 Honduras 871,000 2011
17 Bolivia 807,000 2010
18 Venezuela 595,000 2011
19 Paraguay 524,000 2011


Former Spanish colonies Compared by Economy > Tourism > International tourism, number of arrivals


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