Bonus List

COUNTRIES WHICH HAVE SEEN THE GREATEST PERCENTAGE INCREASES (AND DECREASES) IN TOURISTS SINCE 1995

Some countries have seen great gains in tourism in recent years, especially in the former communist bloc and in Africa. Others, especially those experiencing war or instability, are seeing fewer tourists than in the past.

While Armenia has made extreme gains (with the number of tourists in 2003 being 17 times the number that came in 1995), it still is rather "off-the-beaten-path" as only about 200,000 tourists saw that country in 2003 (but that is a lot compared to just 12,000 in 1995). Angola is another example; it was in the midst of a civil war in 1995 (and even 2000), but peace is finally being attempted in that country. On the other hand, Croatia has become a rather significant tourist destination with over 7 million visitors per year (up from about 1 1/2 million in 1995).

Biggest Gains:

COUNTRY


1. Armenia
2. Angola
3. Azerbaijan
4. Cape Verde
5. Croatia
6. Iceland
7. Kyrgyzstan
8. El Salvador
9. Zambia
10. Georgia
PERCENTAGE GAIN
IN TOURISTS PER YEAR
FROM 1995 TO 2003
1617%
1089%
797%*
400%
399%
306%
289%
265%
255%
251%*

Biggest Losses:

COUNTRY


1. Eritrea
2. Belarus
3. Colombia
4. Israel
4. Venezuela
PERCENTAGE GAIN
IN TOURISTS PER YEAR
FROM 1995 TO 2003
75
60
55
52
52

1995 data not available for Kazakhstan (a country likely to rank high). If Montserrat were an independent nation, it would rank #3 among biggest percentage drops with a 58% drop in tourists from 1995 to 2003.

* 2002 data used, instead of 2003.


Source of Data: World Tourism Organization.

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