Middle Eastern and North Africa 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 Saudi Arabia 14.76 million 2008
2 Morocco 7.88 million 2008
3 United Arab Emirates 7.13 million 2005
4 Tunisia 7.05 million 2008
5 Syria 5.43 million 2008
6 Bahrain 4.93 million 2007
7 Jordan 3.73 million 2008
8 Israel 2.57 million 2008
9 Algeria 1.77 million 2008
10 Qatar 1.41 million 2008
11 Lebanon 1.33 million 2008
12 Oman 1.27 million 2008
13 Kuwait 293,000 2007
14 Libya 149,000 2004
15 Iraq 127,000 2001


Middle Eastern and North Africa Compared by Economy > Tourist arrivals


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