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.
Lots of these trips are people journeying back to visit their family in whatever sh1thole they emigrated from. Not that I'm saying it's a bad place to visit, but I suspect for places like China that comprises a big chunk if not outright majority of arrivals. The thing that really surprises me is the #10 position of Russia on the list, anyone know why it's such a popular destination?
lol, China is one of the most visited countries by overseas Chinese as well as foreigners....try any of china's major cities, there are tons of foreigners visiting and looking for jobs these days...lol
"Add in Hong Kong and Macau and China has the largest inbound tourist traffic in the world. LOL"
Well if you are randomly adding cross border visits together if you add Germany, Italy and France together, the core members of EU, they lead the world. Or if you add USA, Canada and Mexico (NAFTA) together they would lead the world.
...the problem with your theory is that you will be double counting visitors from China to HK and Macau (and vice versa) that would have to be accounted for if you wished to measure the number of international visits then into the area as a whole.