Former Spanish colonies 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 Mexico 22.64 million 2008
2 Argentina 4.67 million 2008
3 Dominican Republic 3.98 million 2008
4 Philippines 3.14 million 2008
5 Chile 2.7 million 2008
6 Cuba 2.32 million 2008
7 Costa Rica 2.09 million 2008
8 Peru 2.06 million 2008
9 Uruguay 1.94 million 2008
10 Guatemala 1.72 million 2008
11 El Salvador 1.39 million 2008
12 Panama 1.29 million 2008
13 Colombia 1.22 million 2008
14 Ecuador 1 million 2008
15 Honduras 899,000 2008
16 Nicaragua 858,000 2008
17 Venezuela 745,000 2008
18 Bolivia 594,000 2008
19 Paraguay 428,000 2008


Former Spanish colonies Compared by Economy > Tourist arrivals


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