Countries by Tourist Departures

Name the countries which have the most people going abroad.
in 2011 according to the World Bank
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Last updated: May 23, 2013
First submittedMay 23, 2013
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Departures
Country
70,250,000
China
58,497,000
United States
56,836,000
United Kingdom
43,270,000
Poland
30,150,000
Canada
29,295,000
Italy
26,155,000
France
19,773,000
Ukraine
18,560,000
Netherlands
16,994,000
Japan
Departures
Country
16,634,000
Hungary
15,281,000
Saudi Arabia
14,799,000
Mexico
14,651,000
Sweden
13,994,000
India
13,347,000
Spain
12,694,000
South Korea
10,936,000
Romania
9,874,000
Austria
9,727,000
Belgium
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Level 44
May 23, 2013
Interesting quiz. Poland has more tourist departures in one year than its total population (38m), as do a few others. I know people in Poland who visit nearby European countries two or three times a year, particularly Germany and Belgium, though usually to visit relatives or to get seasonal jobs. Vacationing in Mediterranean countries is very common too, but so are other destinations around the world. It seems only Hungary and Sweden, with populations around 9m, have a more traveled citizenry.
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Level 81
May 25, 2013
Poles must like to travel. High levels of domestic tourism landed that country a spot on my Countries-that-receive-the-most-tourists quiz, surprising some. I wonder about how some of these stats were collected, though. Would Poles going to Germany for work count? If that's the case, then I think there are more than 10 million Filipinos working overseas various places who come and go from their home country usually once a year or so. Here in Saudi Arabia/Bahrain where I live, people cross the causeway every weekend for various reasons. Some do it every day. Many of the guys I work with live in Bahrain and work in Saudi Arabia. Same thing happens between Malaysia and Singapore. 50,000 or so Malaysians commuting to work every day in Singapore would be about 18 million trips both directions.
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Level 44
May 25, 2013
I mentioned going to Germany for work because it is usually the practice for young people to go to Germany (or another country) for a month or two as a kind of long vacation, technically as tourists, but during that vacation they like to find a temporary job like in construction or agriculture or in service industry because it pays several times more than the same work in Poland. That way they get to be a tourist and come back with some extra money.
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Level 40
May 25, 2013
58m tourist departures for a country of 300odd m... wow, the US is a pretty insular country huh?
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Level 44
May 25, 2013
You could say that, but there is a LOT of travel in between the states that isn't represented here. The US is comparable to a union of 50 European-sized countries, so if it reflected that the numbers would be much higher. You could also blame geography. Many Europeans only have to drive an hour or two to get to the next country, while many Americans drive an hour or two to work every day, but would have to go hundreds of miles to be an international tourist.
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Level 40
May 26, 2013
Well sure, that's true... to some degree. I'd be willing to put a fair bit of money on that fact that per head of population Canadians, Aussies etc travel o/s more though. Anyway, enjoyed the quiz.