Economy > Tourism > International tourism, number of arrivals: Group totals

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.


Christian countries 550.01 million 2010
Europe 509.72 million 2011
High income OECD countries 483.89 million 2011
Heavily indebted countries 464.99 million 2011
NATO countries 416.81 million 2011
European Union 401.94 million 2011
Cold countries 372.96 million 2011
Catholic countries 308.69 million 2011
Eurozone 302.25 million 2011
Tourist destinations 295.67 million 2011
Emerging markets 292.4 million 2011
Non-religious countries 279.12 million 2011
Group of 7 countries (G7) 270.15 million 2011
Hot countries 213.26 million 2009
Former British colonies 183.66 million 2010
East Asia and Pacific 160.55 million 2011
Muslim countries 143.48 million 2009
Eastern Europe 116.64 million 2011
Religious countries 90.15 million 2010
Middle Eastern and North Africa 81.44 million 2010
Landlocked countries 75.58 million 2010
Latin America and Caribbean 68.81 million 2011
Former Soviet republics 60.85 million 2011
Former Spanish colonies 59.41 million 2011
Former French colonies 43.25 million 2010
Potential Future EU Members 40.22 million 2011
Sub-Saharan Africa 27.85 million 2009
OPEC countries 21.61 million 2010
South and Central Asia 14.92 million 2010
South Asia 7.03 million 2010

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