Bonus List

COUNTRIES AND DEPENDENCIES WITH THE MOST TOURISTS PER CAPITA

In recent years, France has been the country with the most tourists (77 million in 2002). In fact, the number of tourists exceeded the population that year. However, some small countries, especially in Europe and the Caribbean (two major tourist destinations) have many times more tourists per year than residents.

Normally, the lists on this website that contain countries do not include dependencies. However, so many dependencies rank so high in this category that they are included with the countries.

The figures below for a country are tourists based on the multiple of the country's population. Thus, if a country had one million residents and five million tourists (visitors), the value assigned would be 5.

COUNTRY

1. Vatican City
2. Andorra
3. Macao
4. British Virgin Islands
5. Aruba
6. Monaco
7. Turks & Caicos Islands
8. Cayman Islands
9. Guam
10. Northern Mariana Islands
TOURISTS PER YEAR EXPRESSED AS A
MULTIPLE OF THE POPULATION
thousands*
48.49
14.74
12.85
9.03
8.15
7.77
7.03
6.38
5.96

* Exact statistics were unavailable for Vatican City, which (with fewer than 1,000 residents but yet many millions of tourists each year) would be the overwhelming #1.


Source of Data: World Tourism Organization, most data from 2002.

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